Failed to update snapshot state – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to update the state of a snapshot due to issues like insufficient permissions, network connectivity problems, or disk space issues on the node. To resolve this, you can check and adjust the permissions of the Elasticsearch user, ensure the node has sufficient disk space, and verify network connectivity. Additionally, check the snapshot repository’s configuration and ensure it’s correctly set up.

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

Log Context

Log “failed to update snapshot state” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


        } catch (Exception e) {
            assert false : new AssertionError(e);
            logger.warn("failed to update snapshot state"; e);

    public void beforeIndexShardClosed(ShardId shardId; @Nullable IndexShard indexShard; Settings indexSettings) {


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