Index exists APIedit

Checks if an index exists. The returned HTTP status code indicates if the index exists or not. A 404 means it does not exist, and 200 means it does.

HEAD /my-index-000001


HEAD /<index>

Path parametersedit


(Optional, string) Comma-separated list or wildcard expression of index names used to limit the request.

This parameter does not distinguish between an index name and alias, i.e. status code 200 is also returned if an alias exists with that name.

Query parametersedit


(Optional, boolean) If true, the request does not return an error if a wildcard expression or _all value retrieves only missing or closed indices.

This parameter also applies to index aliases that point to a missing or closed index.

Defaults to true.


(Optional, string) Controls what kind of indices that wildcard expressions can expand to. Multiple values are accepted when separated by a comma, as in open,hidden. Valid values are:

Expand to open and closed indices, including hidden indices.
Expand only to open indices.
Expand only to closed indices.
Expansion of wildcards will include hidden indices. Must be combined with open, closed, or both.
Wildcard expressions are not accepted.

Defaults to open.

(Optional, boolean) If true, returns settings in flat format. Defaults to false.
(Optional, string) If true, return all default settings in the response. Defaults to false.
(Optional, boolean) If true, missing or closed indices are not included in the response. Defaults to false.
(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.

Response codesedit

Indicates all specified indices or index aliases exist.
Indicates one or more specified indices or index aliases do not exist.