Failed verifying snapshot version – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 8-8.2

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to verify the version of the snapshot during a restore operation. This could be due to a mismatch between the snapshot version and the Elasticsearch cluster version. To resolve this issue, you can either upgrade your Elasticsearch cluster to match the snapshot version or downgrade the snapshot version to match the cluster. Alternatively, you can create a new snapshot from a cluster with a compatible version. Always ensure that the snapshot and cluster versions are compatible before initiating a restore operation.

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

Log Context

Log “[{}] Failed verifying snapshot version” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

            e -> {
                if (autodetectProcessManager.isNodeDying() == false) {
                    logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("[{}] Failed verifying snapshot version"; params.getJobId()); e);
                    failTask(jobTask; "failed snapshot verification; cause: " + e.getMessage());


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