Secret key option is required for cleaning up S3 repository – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 7.4-7.17

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is trying to interact with an S3 repository but the necessary secret_key is not provided. The secret_key is a part of the AWS credentials needed to access S3. To resolve this issue, you can either provide the secret_key in the elasticsearch.yml file or use the Elasticsearch keystore to securely store the secret_key. Alternatively, you can use IAM roles if your Elasticsearch is running within AWS. Always ensure that the provided secret_key has the necessary permissions to perform the required operations on the S3 bucket.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” secret_key option is required for cleaning up S3 repository ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: repository.

Log Context

Log “secret_key option is required for cleaning up S3 repository” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throw new ElasticsearchException("access_key option is required for cleaning up S3 repository");
 }  String secretKey = secretKeyOption.value(options);
 if (Strings.isNullOrEmpty(secretKey)) {
 throw new ElasticsearchException("secret_key option is required for cleaning up S3 repository");
 }  }


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