After you modify the configuration of or perform other operations on an Elasticsearch cluster or node, you may need to manually restart the cluster or node for the changes to take effect. This topic describes how to restart an Elasticsearch cluster or node in the Elasticsearch console.


Before you restart a cluster, make sure that the state of the cluster is Active (indicated by the color green), each index has at least one replica shard, and resource usage is not high.
Note You can view the resource usage on the Cluster Monitoring page. For example, the value of NodeCPUUtilization(%) is about 80%, that of NodeHeapMemoryUtilization is about 50%, and that of NodeLoad_1m is less than the number of vCPUs of the current data node. For more information, see Monitoring metrics.

Restart a cluster

  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch console.
  2. In the top navigation bar, select the region where your cluster resides.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click Elasticsearch Clusters. On the page that appears, find the target cluster and click its ID in the Cluster ID/Name column.
  4. In the upper-right corner of the Basic Information page, click Restart.
  5. In the Restart dialog box, specify the required parameters.
    Restart an Elasticsearch cluster
    Notice In most cases, if the load of a cluster is not high and indexes have replica shards, the cluster can still provide services during a restart. In some cases, however, access timeouts may occur during a restart. For example, a number of clusters are forced to restart at the same time, the cluster is heavily loaded and is not accessible, indexes do not have replica shards, or large amounts of data is written and queried. In these cases, we recommend that you design a retry mechanism on the client before you restart the cluster.
    Parameter Description
    Object Cluster and Node are supported.
    • Cluster: All nodes in a cluster are restarted.
    • Node: A single node in a cluster is restarted. For more information, see Restart a node.
    Restart Mode Elasticsearch provides two restart modes: Restart and Force Restart.
    • Restart: You can only restart a cluster whose state is Active. Otherwise, you must forcibly restart the cluster. This restart mode does not affect the service of your cluster but is time-consuming.
      • During the restart, the CPU utilization and memory usage of the nodes in your Elasticsearch cluster increase sharply. This may affect the stability of your services for a short period of time.
      • The specific amount of time that is required to restart a cluster depends on the volume of data stored on the cluster and the numbers of nodes, indexes, and shards in the cluster. You can view the restart progress in the Tasks dialog box.
    • Force Restart: If your Elasticsearch cluster is abnormal (indicated by the color yellow or red), you can use only this mode to restart the cluster.
      Notice If the disk usage exceeds the value of cluster.routing.allocation.disk.watermark.low, the state of your Elasticsearch cluster may be displayed yellow or red. If your Elasticsearch cluster is abnormal, do not perform the following operations on the cluster: node addition, node capacity expansion, disk resizing, restart, password reset, and other operations that may change the configuration of the cluster. Perform the operations only after the state of the cluster is Active.
    Concurrency You can set the concurrency of the cluster to improve the restart speed. The higher the concurrency, the faster a forced restart. The default concurrency is calculated by dividing one by the total number of nodes in the cluster.
    Estimated to Take This value is calculated by multiplying the average time of the previous restarts by the total number of nodes. The actual restart time takes precedence.
  6. Click OK.
    Note If you choose Force Restart, select Restart Cluster Forcibly to confirm the restart.

    During the restart, the value of Status is Initializing (indicated by the color yellow). You can view details in the Tasks dialog box. After the cluster is restarted, the value of Status is Active.

    Restart progress

Restart a node

Restart a single node. The procedure and precautions for restarting a node are similar to those for restarting a cluster. The following content describes the differences.

Restart a node
  • In the Restart dialog box, set Object to Node.
  • Select the node you want to restart.
    Notice If your Elasticsearch cluster is abnormal, you must forcibly restart the nodes in the cluster.
  • The system provides the Change Blue-green Release feature. If you select Change Blue-green Release, Elasticsearch adds a node to your Elasticsearch cluster, migrates the data on the original node to the new node, and removes the original node. If a node experiences a hardware failure, you can use the Change Blue-green Release feature to remove the node.
    • If you use the Change Blue-green Release feature, make sure that your Elasticsearch cluster is in the Active state and do not set Restart Mode to Force Restart.
    • If you select Change Blue-green Release, the IP address of the node changes after the restart.