Unable to fetch available snapshots for shard – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.15-8.3

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch cannot retrieve the available snapshots for a specific shard. This could be due to issues with the snapshot repository, network connectivity, or permissions. To resolve this, you can check the repository’s configuration and ensure it’s correctly set up. Also, verify network connectivity between the Elasticsearch cluster and the repository. Lastly, ensure the Elasticsearch process has the necessary permissions to access the repository.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Unable to fetch available snapshots for shard {} ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: recovery, shard, plugin.

Log Context

Log “Unable to fetch available snapshots for shard {}” classname is SnapshotsRecoveryPlannerService.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :


            public void onFailure(Exception e) {
                logger.warn(new ParameterizedMessage("Unable to fetch available snapshots for shard {}"; shardId); e);

        shardSnapshotsService.fetchLatestSnapshotsForShard(shardId; listenerIgnoringErrors);


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