Service provider alias refers to – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.7-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when an Elasticsearch service provider alias refers to a non-existent or incorrectly configured service. This could be due to a typo in the alias name, a misconfiguration in the Elasticsearch settings, or the referred service might have been removed or not yet initialized. To resolve this issue, you can check the alias name for typos, verify the Elasticsearch configuration settings, or ensure the referred service is properly initialized and running.

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

Log Context

Log “service provider alias [{}] refers to [{}]” classname is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                "service provider alias [{}] refers to multiple indices [{}] - this is unexpected and is likely to cause problems";
        } else {
  "service provider alias [{}] refers to [{}]"; ALIAS_NAME; aliasInfo.getIndices().get(0));

    public void installIndexTemplate(ActionListener listener) {
        final ClusterState state = clusterService.state();