Failed to create repository – How to solve related issues

Opster Team

Jan-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you run Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which analyzes 2 JSON files to detect many errors.

Briefly, this error message indicates that Elasticsearch was unable to create a repository. The reason for this error could be a problem with the Elasticsearch instance or a problem with the repository configuration. To resolve the issue, the repository configuration should be checked for errors and Elasticsearch can be restarted.

To easily locate the root cause and resolve this issue try AutoOps for Elasticsearch & OpenSearch. It diagnoses problems by analyzing hundreds of metrics collected by a lightweight agent and offers guidance for resolving them.

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: repositories and repository-azure.

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);
                        } catch (RepositoryException ex) {
                            logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("failed to create repository [{}]";; ex);
                    if (repository != null) {
                        logger.debug("registering repository [{}]";;
                        builder.put(; repository);


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