Failed to create geoip downloader task – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.13-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to create a task for downloading GeoIP databases, which are used for IP geolocation. This could be due to network issues, incorrect configuration, or insufficient permissions. To resolve this, ensure that your Elasticsearch instance has internet access and the necessary permissions to download and store the GeoIP databases. Also, check your Elasticsearch configuration to ensure it’s correctly set up for GeoIP downloading. If the problem persists, consider manually downloading the GeoIP databases and configuring Elasticsearch to use the local copies.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to create geoip downloader task ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: task.

Log Context

Log “failed to create geoip downloader task” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            new GeoIpTaskParams();
            ActionListener.wrap(r -> logger.debug("Started geoip downloader task"); e -> {
                Throwable t = e instanceof RemoteTransportException ? e.getCause() : e;
                if (t instanceof ResourceAlreadyExistsException == false) {
                    logger.error("failed to create geoip downloader task"; e);