Snapshot is not allowed – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when you try to create a snapshot in Elasticsearch but the operation is not permitted due to certain conditions. This could be because the cluster is not in a state where it can safely take a snapshot, or the repository is read-only. To resolve this issue, you can check the cluster health and ensure it’s in a good state. If the repository is read-only, you can change its settings to allow write operations. Also, ensure that the user has the necessary permissions to create a snapshot.

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

Log Context

Log “snapshot is not allowed” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 final IndexShardState state = this.state; // one time volatile read
 // we allow snapshot on closed index shard; since we want to do one after we close the shard and before we close the engine
 if (state == IndexShardState.STARTED || state == IndexShardState.CLOSED) {
 return getEngine().acquireLastIndexCommit(flushFirst);
 } else {
 throw new IllegalIndexShardStateException(shardId; state; "snapshot is not allowed");
 }  /**
 * Acquires the {@link IndexCommit} which should be included in a snapshot.


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