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

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.16-8.9

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

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” cannot parse the specified url [” + urlToCheck + “] ” 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 [” + urlToCheck + “]” 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 urlToCheck;
 } catch (URISyntaxException ex) {
 logger.warn("cannot parse the specified url [{}]"; urlToCheck);
 throw new RepositoryException(getMetadata().name(); "cannot parse the specified url [" + urlToCheck + "]");
 // We didn't match white list - try to resolve against path.repo
 URL normalizedUrl = environment.resolveRepoURL(urlToCheck);
 if (normalizedUrl == null) {
 String logMessage = "The specified url [{}] doesn't start with any repository paths specified by the "