Failed to parse repository – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to parse the repository due to incorrect configuration or syntax errors in the repository settings. To resolve this issue, you should first verify the repository settings for any syntax errors or missing parameters. Ensure that the repository type is correctly defined and the required parameters for that type are provided. If the repository is remote, check the connectivity and access permissions. Lastly, ensure that the Elasticsearch version supports the repository type you’re using.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to parse repository [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: repository, metadata, cluster.

Log Context

Log “failed to parse repository [{}]” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 } else {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("failed to parse repository [{}]"; name);
 if (type == null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("failed to parse repository [{}]; missing repository type"; name);


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