If you’ve ever used Heroku’s low cost staging plan for Bonsai Elasticsearch you may have ran into the following error: reached maximum index count for current plan.

Since in most cases your staging indices aren’t as critical as say production (don’t use the fix below in production, please!), you can safely follow the procedure below for removing and reindexing your search enabled models.

Find your Elasticsearch URL

First you’ll need to find your Elasticsearch url. If you are using the Bonsai addon from Heroku you can do so in your terminal with:

# Where BONSAI_IVORY_URL is an environment variable set on heroku that
# points at your Elasticsearch url
# Note: Your specific plan might be different than IVORY
heroku config:get BONSAI_IVORY_URL -a your-staging-application

If you don’t know what your environment variable is for BONSAI then you’ll need to go into Heroku’s web UI and look at the config variables for it. It should be in the format of BONSAI_PLANNAME_URL.

Delete all available indices

The next step is to remove all the available Elasticsearch indices.


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You can read more on this in Elasticsearch’s documentation. This can be accomplished via cURL, which you’ll also need installed, from the following:

# _all - refers to all available indices
# * - also works like _all
curl -XDELETE 'https://[bonsai_url_goes_here]/_all'

Reindex all search enabled models

Lastly, we need to reindex all of your available models. If you are using Searchkick you can accomplish this by running the following command. This will run through all of your searchkick models 1-by-1 and reindex them. Otherwise, you’ll need to reindex your content based on whatever method you have configured.

# All models with searchkick enabled
Searchkick.models.each do |model|

That’s it! You now have removed all the current indices and reindexed with new ones. Start searching!

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