Cannot create snapshot in a readonly repository – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Cannot create snapshot in a readonly repository – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” cannot create snapshot in a readonly repository ” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: repository and snapshot.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

Log”cannot create snapshot in a readonly repository”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

validate(repositoryName; snapshotName);
  final SnapshotId snapshotId = new SnapshotId(snapshotName; UUIDs.randomBase64UUID()); // new UUID for the snapshot
  Repository repository = repositoriesService.repository(request.repository());
  if (repository.isReadOnly()) {
  new RepositoryException(repository.getMetadata().name(); "cannot create snapshot in a readonly repository"));
  final Snapshot snapshot = new Snapshot(repositoryName; snapshotId);
  final Map userMeta = repository.adaptUserMetadata(request.userMetadata());
  repository.executeConsistentStateUpdate(repositoryData -> new ClusterStateUpdateTask() {


Run the Check-Up to get a customized report like this:

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