Failed to remove snapshot from cluster state – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.7-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to delete a snapshot from the cluster state. This could be due to insufficient permissions, a corrupted snapshot, or issues with the underlying storage system. To resolve this, you can try the following: 1) Check and adjust the user permissions to ensure they have the right to delete snapshots. 2) If the snapshot is corrupted, try to restore it first before deleting. 3) Check the health of your storage system, as issues like disk space or network connectivity can cause this error.

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

Log Context

Log “Failed to remove snapshot from cluster state” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 () -> "[" + snapshot + "] failed to remove snapshot metadata";
 new SnapshotException(snapshot; "Failed to remove snapshot from cluster state"; e)
 }  @Override