cat snapshots APIedit

cat APIs are only intended for human consumption using the command line or Kibana console. They are not intended for use by applications. For application consumption, use the get snapshot API.

Returns information about the snapshots stored in one or more repositories. A snapshot is a backup of an index or running Elasticsearch cluster.


GET /_cat/snapshots/<repository>

GET /_cat/snapshots


  • If the Elasticsearch security features are enabled, you must have the monitor_snapshot, create_snapshot, or manage cluster privilege to use this API.

Path parametersedit


(Optional, string) Comma-separated list of snapshot repositories used to limit the request. Accepts wildcard expressions. _all returns all repositories.

If any repository fails during the request, Elasticsearch returns an error.

Query parametersedit

(Optional, string) Short version of the HTTP accept header. Valid values include JSON, YAML, etc.

(Optional, string) Comma-separated list of column names to display.

If you do not specify which columns to include, the API returns the default columns in the order listed below. If you explicitly specify one or more columns, it only returns the specified columns.

Valid columns are:

id, snapshot
(Default) ID of the snapshot, such as snap1.
repository, re, repo
(Default) Name of the repository, such as repo1.
status, s

(Default) State of the snapshot process. Returned values are:

  • FAILED: The snapshot process failed.
  • INCOMPATIBLE: The snapshot process is incompatible with the current cluster version.
  • IN_PROGRESS: The snapshot process started but has not completed.
  • PARTIAL: The snapshot process completed with a partial success.
  • SUCCESS: The snapshot process completed with a full success.
start_epoch, ste, startEpoch
(Default) Unix epoch time at which the snapshot process started.
start_time, sti, startTime
(Default) HH:MM:SS time at which the snapshot process started.
end_epoch, ete, endEpoch
(Default) Unix epoch time at which the snapshot process ended.
end_time, eti, endTime
(Default) HH:MM:SS time at which the snapshot process ended.
duration, dur
(Default) Time it took the snapshot process to complete in time units.
indices, i
(Default) Number of indices in the snapshot.
successful_shards, ss
(Default) Number of successful shards in the snapshot.
failed_shards, fs
(Default) Number of failed shards in the snapshot.
total_shards, ts
(Default) Total number of shards in the snapshot.
reason, r
Reason for any snapshot failures.
(Optional, Boolean) If true, the response includes help information. Defaults to false.
(Optional, Boolean) If true, the response does not include information from unavailable snapshots. Defaults to false.
(Optional, time units) Period to wait for the master node. If the master node is not available before the timeout expires, the request fails and returns an error. Defaults to 30s. Can also be set to -1 to indicate that the request should never timeout.
(Optional, string) Comma-separated list of column names or column aliases used to sort the response.
(Optional, time units) Unit used to display time values.
(Optional, Boolean) If true, the response includes column headings. Defaults to false.


GET /_cat/snapshots/repo1?v=true&s=id

The API returns the following response:

id     repository status start_epoch start_time end_epoch  end_time duration indices successful_shards failed_shards total_shards
snap1  repo1      FAILED 1445616705  18:11:45   1445616978 18:16:18     4.6m       1                 4             1            5
snap2  repo1      SUCCESS 1445634298  23:04:58   1445634672 23:11:12     6.2m       2                10             0           10