Cannot delete snapshot from 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 Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” cannot delete snapshot from a readonly repository ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: repositories, delete, snapshot, repository and blobstore.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

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

 public void deleteSnapshots(Collection snapshotIds; long repositoryStateId; Version repositoryMetaVersion;
 ActionListener listener) {
 if (isReadOnly()) {
 listener.onFailure(new RepositoryException(; "cannot delete snapshot from a readonly repository"));
 } else {
 threadPool.executor(ThreadPool.Names.SNAPSHOT).execute(new AbstractRunnable() {
 protected void doRun() throws Exception {
 final Map rootBlobs = blobContainer().listBlobs();


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