Failed to create snapshot for snapshot lifecycle policy – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.5-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to create a snapshot due to issues like insufficient permissions, incorrect repository configuration, or lack of disk space. To resolve this, you can check and adjust the permissions, verify the repository configuration, or free up disk space. Additionally, ensure that the snapshot lifecycle policy is correctly defined and the Elasticsearch cluster is running properly.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to create snapshot for snapshot lifecycle policy [{}]: {} ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, snapshot.

Log Context

Log “failed to create snapshot for snapshot lifecycle policy [{}]: {}” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


                public void onFailure(Exception e) {
                    logger.error("failed to create snapshot for snapshot lifecycle policy [{}]: {}"; policyMetadata.getPolicy().getId(); e);
                    final long timestamp =;
                        "slm-record-failure-" + policyMetadata.getPolicy().getId();
                        WriteJobStatus.failure(policyMetadata.getPolicy().getId(); request.snapshot(); timestamp; e)


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