Cannot parse duration – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Cannot parse duration – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Cannot parse duration ” 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: plugin.

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 pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

Log”Cannot parse duration [{}]”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

case SECOND:
  return Duration.ZERO.plusSeconds(duration);
  return Duration.ZERO.plusMillis(duration);
  throw new ParsingException(source; "Cannot parse duration [{}]"; unit);
  } catch (ArithmeticException ae) {
  throw new ParsingException(source; "Value [{}] cannot be used as it is too large to convert into [{}]s"; duration; unit);


Run the Check-Up to get a customized report like this:

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