Failed to create repository repositoryMetadata name – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8.3-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to create a repository due to issues like incorrect repository settings, insufficient permissions, or network connectivity problems. To resolve this, ensure that the repository settings are correct and the repository is accessible. Check if Elasticsearch has the necessary permissions to create a repository. Also, verify the network connectivity between Elasticsearch and the repository. If the repository is remote, ensure that the firewall settings allow Elasticsearch to communicate with it.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to create repository [” + + “] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: metadata, repositories, repository.

Log Context

Log “failed to create repository [” + + “]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                } else {
                    try {
                        repository = createRepository(repositoryMetadata; typesRegistry; RepositoriesService::createUnknownTypeRepository);
                    } catch (RepositoryException ex) {
                        logger.warn(() -> "failed to create repository [" + + "]"; ex);
                        repository = new InvalidRepository(repositoryMetadata; ex);
                assert repository != null : "repository should not be null here";
                logger.debug("registering repository [{}]";;


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