Can t update attribute for type path in index mapping – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-7.7

Briefly, this error occurs when you try to update an attribute for a certain type in an index mapping after the index has been created. Elasticsearch does not allow certain changes to existing fields, such as changing data types or enabling the “fielddata” option for text fields. To resolve this issue, you can either reindex your data with the correct mappings or create a new index with the correct mappings and reindex your data into the new index. Alternatively, you can use a multi-field to add an analyzed version of a field.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Can’t update attribute for type [” + path + “] in index mapping ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: mapping, index.

Log Context

Log “Can’t update attribute for type [” + path + “] in index mapping” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 final ObjectMapper mergeIntoObjectMapper = (ObjectMapper) mergeIntoMapper;
 final ObjectMapper mergeWithObjectMapper = (ObjectMapper) mergeWithMapper;  if (mergeIntoObjectMapper.isEnabled() != mergeWithObjectMapper.isEnabled()) {
 final String path = mergeWith.fullPath() + "." + mergeWithObjectMapper.simpleName() + ".enabled";
 throw new MapperException("Can't update attribute for type [" + path + "] in index mapping");
 }  @Override