Unable to check if bucket ” + bucketName + ” exists – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Unable to check if bucket ” + bucketName + ” exists – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Updated: July-20

Elasticsearch Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log “Unable to check if bucket ” + bucketName + ” exists” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: repositories, plugins, repository-gcs.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to discover the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations (free tool that requires no installation). 

Log Context

Log”Unable to check if bucket [” + bucketName + “] exists”classname  is GoogleCloudStorageBlobStore.java
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

private boolean doesBucketExist(String bucketName) {
  try {
  final Bucket bucket = SocketAccess.doPrivilegedIOException(() -> client().get(bucketName));
  return bucket != null;
  } catch (final Exception e) {
  throw new BlobStoreException("Unable to check if bucket [" + bucketName + "] exists"; e);
  * List blobs in the specific bucket under the specified path. The path root is removed.

Related issues to this log

We have gathered selected Q&A from the community and issues from Github, that can help fix related issues please review the following for further information :

1 Amazon S3 exception: "The specified key does not exist" -views 120,033 ,score 66

AWS S3: The bucket you are attempting to access must be addressed using the specified endpoint -views   118,869,score 184

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