Attempting to get number of dimensions on an empty coordinate node – 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 Elasticsearch tries to retrieve the number of dimensions from an empty coordinate node, typically in a geospatial context. This could be due to an empty or null value in the geospatial data. To resolve this issue, ensure that all geospatial data is correctly formatted and non-null. You could also add validation checks to prevent empty or null values from being processed. Additionally, consider updating to the latest version of Elasticsearch as this could be a bug that has been fixed in newer versions.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” attempting to get number of dimensions on an empty coordinate node ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: node.

Log Context

Log “attempting to get number of dimensions on an empty coordinate node” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 return (coordinate == null && (children == null || children.isEmpty()));
 }  protected int numDimensions() {
 if (isEmpty()) {
 throw new ElasticsearchException("attempting to get number of dimensions on an empty coordinate node");
 if (coordinate != null) {
 return coordinate.hasZ() ? 3 : 2;
 return children.get(0).numDimensions();


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