This section is about how to perform a specific task. If you want to understand how a certain component works, please see Understanding wire-server components

The rest of the page assumes you installed using the ansible playbooks from wire-server-deploy

For any command below, first ssh into the server:

ssh <name or IP of the VM>

For more information, see the elasticsearch documentation

How to rolling-restart an elasticsearch cluster

For maintenance you may need to restart the cluster.

On each server one by one:

  1. check your cluster is healthy (see above)

  2. stop shard allocation:

curl -sSf -XPUT http://localhost:9200/_cluster/settings -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d "{ \"transient\" : {\"cluster.routing.allocation.exclude._ip\": \"$ES_IP\" }}"; echo;

You should expect some output like this:

  1. Stop the elasticsearch daemon process: systemctl stop elasticsearch

  2. do any operation you need, if any

  3. Start the elasticsearch daemon process: systemctl start elasticsearch

  4. re-enable shard allocation:

curl -sSf -XPUT http://localhost:9200/_cluster/settings -H 'Content-Type: application/json' -d "{ \"transient\" : {\"cluster.routing.allocation.exclude._ip\": null }}"; echo;

You should expect some output like this from the above command:

  1. Wait for your cluster to be healthy again.

  2. Do the same on the next server.

How to manually look into what is stored in elasticsearch

See also the elasticsearch sections in Investigative tasks (e.g. searching for users as server admin).

Check the health of an elasticsearch node

To check the health of an elasticsearch node, run the following command:

ssh <ip of elasticsearch node> curl localhost:9200/_cat/health

You should see output looking like this:

1630250355 15:18:55 elasticsearch-directory green 3 3 17 6 0 0 0 - 100.0%

Here, the green denotes good node health, and the 3 3 denotes 3 running nodes.

Check cluster health and list cluster nodes

This is the command to check the health of the entire cluster:

ssh <ip of elasticsearch node> curl 'http://localhost:9200/_cluster/health?pretty'

And this is the command to list the nodes in the cluster:

ssh <ip of elasticsearch node> curl 'http://localhost:9200/_cat/nodes?v&h=id,ip,name'


Description: ES nodes ran out of disk space and error message says: "blocked by: [FORBIDDEN/12/index read-only / allow delete (api)];"


  1. Connect to the node:

ssh <ip of elasticsearch node>
  1. Clean up disk (e.g. apt autoremove on all nodes), then restart machines and/or the elasticsearch process

sudo apt autoremove
sudo reboot

As always, and as explained in the operations/procedures page, make sure you check the health of the process. before and after the reboot.

  1. Get the elastichsearch cluster out of read-only mode, run:

curl -X PUT -H 'Content-Type: application/json' http://localhost:9200/_all/_settings -d '{"index.blocks.read_only_allow_delete": null}'
  1. Trigger reindexing: From a kubernetes machine, in one terminal:

# The following depends on your namespace where you installed wire-server. By default the namespace is called 'wire'.
kubectl --namespace wire port-forward svc/brig 9999:8080

And in a second terminal trigger the reindex:

curl -v -X POST localhost:9999/i/index/reindex