Failed to create 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 ” failed to create repository ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: repositories and repository.

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 “failed to create repository”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

return repository;
 } catch (Exception e) {
 logger.warn(new ParameterizedMessage("failed to create repository [{}][{}]";
 repositoryMetadata.type();; e);
 throw new RepositoryException(; "failed to create repository"; e);
 private static void validate(final String repositoryName) {
 if (Strings.hasLength(repositoryName) == false) {


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