Cannot parse the specified url url – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-7.15

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to parse the provided URL. This could be due to an incorrect URL format, a typo, or the URL might be unreachable. To resolve this issue, you should first verify the URL format and ensure it’s correct. Next, check for any typographical errors in the URL. Lastly, ensure that the URL is accessible and the server it points to is up and running. If the URL is meant to be a local file, ensure the file exists and the path is correct.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” cannot parse the specified url [” + url + “] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: repositories.

Log Context

Log “cannot parse the specified url [” + url + “]” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 // URL matches white list - no additional processing is needed
 return url;
 } catch (URISyntaxException ex) {
 logger.warn("cannot parse the specified url [{}]"; url);
 throw new RepositoryException(getMetadata().name(); "cannot parse the specified url [" + url + "]");
 // We didn't match white list - try to resolve against path.repo
 URL normalizedUrl = environment.resolveRepoURL(url);
 if (normalizedUrl == null) {
 String logMessage = "The specified url [{}] doesn't start with any repository paths specified by the " +


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