Failed to delete snapshots – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to delete snapshots due to issues like insufficient permissions, ongoing snapshot operations, or the snapshot being used by a restore operation. To resolve this, ensure the user has the necessary permissions to delete snapshots. Also, check if there are any ongoing snapshot or restore operations and wait for them to complete before retrying the delete operation. Lastly, ensure that the snapshot is not being used by a restore operation.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to delete snapshots ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: blobstore, delete, repositories.

Log Context

Log “failed to delete snapshots” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 }  @Override
 public void onFailure(Exception e) {
 listener.onFailure(new RepositoryException(; "failed to delete snapshots " + snapshotIds; e));


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