No role descriptors found for API key – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

March-22, Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” no role descriptors found for API key ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “no role descriptors found for API key”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 final String apiKeyId = (String) metadata.get(AuthenticationField.API_KEY_ID_KEY);
 final BytesReference roleDescriptorsBytes = (BytesReference) metadata.get(API_KEY_ROLE_DESCRIPTORS_KEY);
 final BytesReference limitedByRoleDescriptorsBytes = getLimitedByRoleDescriptorsBytes();
 if (roleDescriptorsBytes == null && limitedByRoleDescriptorsBytes == null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchSecurityException("no role descriptors found for API key");
 final RoleReference.ApiKeyRoleReference limitedByRoleReference = new RoleReference.ApiKeyRoleReference(


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