Failed to read global metadata – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Failed to read global metadata – 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 can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to read global metadata ” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: repositories, metadata and blobstore.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

Log”failed to read global metadata”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

try {
  return; snapshotId.getUUID());
  } catch (NoSuchFileException ex) {
  throw new SnapshotMissingException(; snapshotId; ex);
  } catch (IOException ex) {
  throw new SnapshotException(; snapshotId; "failed to read global metadata"; ex);
  public IndexMetadata getSnapshotIndexMetaData(RepositoryData repositoryData; SnapshotId snapshotId; IndexId index) throws IOException {


Run the Check-Up to get a customized report like this:

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