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cat allocation

Introduced 1.0

The cat allocation operation lists the allocation of disk space for indices and the number of shards on each node.


GET _cat/allocation?v

To limit the information to a specific node, add the node name after your query:

GET _cat/allocation/<node_name>

If you want to get information for more than one node, separate the node names with commas:

GET _cat/aliases/node_name_1,node_name_2,node_name_3

Path and HTTP methods

GET _cat/allocation?v
GET _cat/allocation/<node_name>

URL parameters

All cat allocation URL parameters are optional.

In addition to the common URL parameters, you can specify the following parameters:

Parameter Type Description
bytes Byte size Specify the units for byte size. For example, 7kb or 6gb. For more information, see Supported units.
local Boolean Whether to return information from the local node only instead of from the master node. Default is false.
master_timeout Time The amount of time to wait for a connection to the master node. Default is 30 seconds.


The following response shows that 8 shards are allocated to each the two nodes available:

shards | disk.indices | disk.used | disk.avail | | disk.percent host | ip          | node
  8    |   989.4kb    |   25.9gb  |   32.4gb   |   58.4gb   |   44   |  | odfe-node1
  8    |   962.4kb    |   25.9gb  |   32.4gb   |   58.4gb   |   44   |  | odfe-node2