Cluster state APIedit

Returns an internal representation of the cluster state for debugging or diagnostic purposes.


GET /_cluster/state/<metrics>/<target>


  • If the Elasticsearch security features are enabled, you must have the monitor or manage cluster privilege to use this API.


The cluster state is an internal data structure which keeps track of a variety of information needed by every node, including:

  • The identity and attributes of the other nodes in the cluster
  • Cluster-wide settings
  • Index metadata, including the mapping and settings for each index
  • The location and status of every shard copy in the cluster

The elected master node ensures that every node in the cluster has a copy of the same cluster state. The cluster state API lets you retrieve a representation of this internal state for debugging or diagnostic purposes. You may need to consult the Elasticsearch source code to determine the precise meaning of the response.

By default the cluster state API will route requests to the elected master node since this node is the authoritative source of cluster states. You can also retrieve the cluster state held on the node handling the API request by adding the query parameter ?local=true.

Elasticsearch may need to expend significant effort to compute a response to this API in larger clusters, and the response may comprise a very large quantity of data. If you use this API repeatedly, your cluster may become unstable.

The response is a representation of an internal data structure. Its format is not subject to the same compatibility guarantees as other more stable APIs and may change from version to version. Do not query this API using external monitoring tools. Instead, obtain the information you require using other more stable cluster APIs.

Path parametersedit

The cluster state can sometimes be very large, and Elasticsearch may consume significant resources while computing a response to this API. To reduce the size of the response, you can request only the part of the cluster state in which you are interested:


(Optional, string) A comma-separated list of the following options:

Shows all metrics.
Shows the blocks part of the response.
Shows the master_node part of the response.
Shows the metadata part of the response. If you supply a comma separated list of indices, the returned output will only contain metadata for these indices.
Shows the nodes part of the response.
Shows the routing_nodes part of the response.
Shows the routing_table part of the response. If you supply a comma separated list of indices, the returned output will only contain the routing table for these indices.
Shows the cluster state version.
(Optional, string) Comma-separated list of data streams, indices, and aliases used to limit the request. Supports wildcards (*). To target all data streams and indices, omit this parameter or use * or _all.

Query parametersedit


(Optional, Boolean) If true, the wildcard indices expression that resolves into no concrete indices will be ignored. (This includes _all string or when no indices have been specified).

Defaults to true.

(Optional, string) Whether to expand wildcard expression to concrete indices that are open, closed or both. Available options: open, closed, none, all.
(Optional, Boolean) If true, returns settings in flat format. Defaults to false.
(Optional, Boolean) If true, unavailable indices (missing or closed) will be ignored.
(Optional, Boolean) If true, the request retrieves information from the local node only. Defaults to false, which means information is retrieved from the master node.
(Optional, time units) Period to wait for the master node. If the master node is not available before the timeout expires, the request fails and returns an error. Defaults to 30s. Can also be set to -1 to indicate that the request should never timeout.
(Optional, integer) Waits for the metadata version to be equal or greater than the specified metadata version.
(Optional, time units) Specifies the maximum time to wait for wait_for_metadata_version before timing out.


The following example returns only metadata and routing_table data for the foo and bar data streams or indices:

response = client.cluster.state(
  metric: 'metadata,routing_table',
  index: 'foo,bar'
puts response
GET /_cluster/state/metadata,routing_table/foo,bar

The next example returns all available metadata for foo and bar:

response = client.cluster.state(
  metric: '_all',
  index: 'foo,bar'
puts response
GET /_cluster/state/_all/foo,bar

This example returns only the blocks metadata:

response = client.cluster.state(
  metric: 'blocks'
puts response
GET /_cluster/state/blocks