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

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.7-8.9

Before you dig into reading this guide, have you tried asking OpsGPT what this log means? You’ll receive a customized analysis of your log.

Try OpsGPT now for step-by-step guidance and tailored insights into your Elasticsearch operation.

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.

For a complete solution to your to your search operation, try for free AutoOps for Elasticsearch & OpenSearch . With AutoOps and Opster’s proactive support, you don’t have to worry about your search operation – we take charge of it. Get improved performance & stability with less hardware.

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();


How helpful was this guide?

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?