Failed to update snapshot state after node removal – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 6.8-7.8

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to update the snapshot state after a node has been removed from the cluster, but fails. This could be due to network issues, insufficient permissions, or a misconfigured cluster. To resolve this issue, you can try the following: 1) Check and fix network connectivity issues. 2) Ensure the Elasticsearch cluster has the necessary permissions to update the snapshot state. 3) Verify the cluster configuration and correct any errors. 4) If the problem persists, consider restarting the Elasticsearch cluster.

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

Log Context

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

                return currentState;

            public void onFailure(String source; Exception e) {
                logger.warn("failed to update snapshot state after node removal");

    private void processStartedShards() {


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