Failed to load settings from – 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 Error Check-Up which analyzes 2 JSON files to detect many configuration errors.

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to load settings from a specific location. This can happen due to a variety of reasons, such as incorrect file permissions or incorrect settings configuration. To resolve the issue, check the location of the settings and ensure that they are accessible and correctly configured.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Failed to load settings from ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: node and settings.

Log Context

Log “Failed to load settings from”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

Path path = environment.configFile().resolve("elasticsearch.yml");
 if (Files.exists(path)) {
 try {
 } catch (IOException e) {
 throw new SettingsException("Failed to load settings from " + path.toString(); e);
 // re-initialize settings now that the config file has been loaded
 initializeSettings(output; input; properties);


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