Failed to remove snapshot metadata – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.2

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to delete the metadata associated with a snapshot, possibly due to insufficient permissions, a corrupted snapshot, or a network issue. To resolve this, you can try the following: 1) Check and adjust the permissions of the Elasticsearch user to ensure it has the necessary rights to delete metadata. 2) If the snapshot is corrupted, try to restore it or delete it completely. 3) If it’s a network issue, ensure that the connection between Elasticsearch and the snapshot repository is stable.

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

Log Context

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


            public void onFailure(Exception e) {
                logger.warn(() -> new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] failed to remove snapshot metadata"; snapshot); e);
                    new SnapshotException(snapshot; "Failed to remove snapshot from cluster state"; e)


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