Snapshot does not exist – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

March-22, Version: 1.7-8.0

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Briefly, this error occurs when you try to restore a snapshot that does not exist in the snapshot repository. A snapshot is a backup of an Elasticsearch index that can be used to restore the index in case of data loss or corruption. This error typically occurs when you try to restore a snapshot that has been deleted or was never created in the first place. To resolve this issue, you should check the snapshot repository and ensure that the snapshot you are trying to restore exists. If the snapshot does not exist, you should create a new snapshot before attempting to restore it.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” snapshot does not exist ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: snapshot.

Log Context

Log “snapshot does not exist”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

final Optional matchingSnapshotId = repositoryData.getSnapshotIds()
 .filter(s -> snapshotName.equals(s.getName()))
 if (matchingSnapshotId.isPresent() == false) {
 throw new SnapshotRestoreException(repositoryName; snapshotName; "snapshot does not exist");
 final SnapshotId snapshotId = matchingSnapshotId.get();
 if (request.snapshotUuid() != null && request.snapshotUuid().equals(snapshotId.getUUID()) == false) {
 throw new SnapshotRestoreException(


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