Failed to initialize a KeyManagerFactory – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-7.3

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to initialize a KeyManagerFactory, which is essential for SSL/TLS connections. This could be due to incorrect or missing keystore information. To resolve this, ensure that the keystore file is in the correct location and that the path and password are correctly configured in the Elasticsearch.yml file. Also, check the keystore format and compatibility. If the issue persists, consider regenerating the keystore or updating your Java version.

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

Log Context

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

 Certificate[] certificateChain = getCertificateChain(environment);  return CertParsingUtils.keyManager(certificateChain; privateKey; keyPassword.getChars());
 } catch (IOException | UnrecoverableKeyException | NoSuchAlgorithmException | CertificateException | KeyStoreException e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchException("failed to initialize a KeyManagerFactory"; e);
 }  private Certificate[] getCertificateChain(@Nullable Environment environment) throws CertificateException; IOException {
 return CertParsingUtils.readCertificates(Collections.singletonList(certPath); environment);


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