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Clear index or data stream cache

The clear cache API operation clears the caches of one or more indexes. For data streams, the API clears the caches of the stream’s backing indexes.

If you use the security plugin, you must have the manage index privileges.

Path parameters

Parameter Data type Description
target String Comma-delimited list of data streams, indexes, and index aliases to which cache clearing will be applied. Wildcard expressions (*) are supported. To target all data streams and indexes in a cluster, omit this parameter or use _all or *. Optional.

Query parameters

All query parameters are optional.

Parameter Data type Description
allow_no_indices Boolean Whether to ignore wildcards, index aliases, or _all target (target path parameter) values that don’t match any indexes. If false, the request returns an error if any wildcard expression, index alias, or _all target value doesn’t match any indexes. This behavior also applies if the request targets include other open indexes. For example, a request where the target is fig*,app* returns an error if an index starts with fig but no index starts with app. Defaults to true.
expand_wildcards String Determines the index types that wildcard expressions can expand to. Accepts multiple values separated by a comma, such as open,hidden. Valid values are:

all – Expand to open, closed, and hidden indexes.

open – Expand only to open indexes.

closed – Expand only to closed indexes

hidden – Expand to include hidden indexes. Must be combined with open, closed, or both.

none – Expansions are not accepted.

Defaults to open.
fielddata Boolean If true, clears the fields cache. Use the fields parameter to clear specific fields’ caches. Defaults to true.
fields String Used in conjunction with the fielddata parameter. Comma-delimited list of field names that will be cleared out of the cache. Does not support objects or field aliases. Defaults to all fields.
index String Comma-delimited list of index names that will be cleared out of the cache.
ignore_unavailable Boolean If true, OpenSearch ignores missing or closed indexes. Defaults to false.
query Boolean If true, clears the query cache. Defaults to true.
request Boolean If true, clears the request cache. Defaults to true.

Sample requests

The following sample requests show multiple clear cache API uses.

Clear a specific cache

The following request clears the fields cache only:

POST /my-index/_cache/clear?fielddata=true

The following request clears the query cache only:

POST /my-index/_cache/clear?query=true

The following request clears the request cache only:

POST /my-index/_cache/clear?request=true
Clear the cache for specific fields

The following request clears the fields caches of fielda and fieldb:

POST /my-index/_cache/clear?fields=fielda,fieldb
Clear caches for specific data streams and indexes

The following request clears the cache for two specific indexes:

POST /my-index,my-index2/_cache/clear
Clear caches for all data streams and indexes

The following request clears the cache for all data streams and indexes:

POST /_cache/clear

Sample response

The POST /books,hockey/_cache/clear request returns the following fields:

{
  "_shards" : {
    "total" : 4,
    "successful" : 2,
    "failed" : 0
  }
}

Response fields

The POST /books,hockey/_cache/clear request returns the following response fields:

Field Data type Description
_shards Object Shard information.
total Integer Total number of shards.
successful Integer Number of index shards with caches successfully cleared.
failed Integer Number of index shards with caches that failed to clear.