Unable to retrieve snapshots for repository – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 7.5-7.13

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch cannot access the specified repository to retrieve snapshots. This could be due to incorrect repository configuration, network issues, or insufficient permissions. To resolve this, you can verify the repository configuration, check network connectivity, and ensure the Elasticsearch process has the necessary permissions to access the repository. Additionally, you can also check the Elasticsearch logs for more detailed error information.

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

Log Context

Log “unable to retrieve snapshots for repository [{}]” classname is SnapshotRetentionTask.java.
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

                                logger.error(new ParameterizedMessage("exception computing snapshots for repository {}"; repository); e);
                                throw e;
                        e -> {
                            logger.warn(new ParameterizedMessage("unable to retrieve snapshots for repository [{}]"; repository); e);


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