Could not parse action failed to parse field as time value – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to interpret a field as a time value during an action parsing process. This could be due to incorrect formatting or data type mismatch. To resolve this issue, you can: 1) Check the format of the time value and ensure it matches the expected format. 2) Verify the data type of the field, it should be a date or a string that can be parsed into a date. 3) If you’re using a mapping, ensure the field is correctly mapped as a date type.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” could not parse action [{}/{}]. failed to parse field [{}] as time value ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “could not parse action [{}/{}]. failed to parse field [{}] as time value” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throttlePeriod = timeValueMillis(parser.longValue());
 } else if (ThrottlerField.THROTTLE_PERIOD_HUMAN.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 try {
 throttlePeriod = WatcherDateTimeUtils.parseTimeValue(parser; ThrottlerField.THROTTLE_PERIOD_HUMAN.toString());
 } catch (ElasticsearchParseException pe) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("could not parse action [{}/{}]. failed to parse field [{}] as time value";
 pe; watchId; actionId; currentFieldName);
 } else if (WatchField.MAX_ITERATIONS.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 maxIterations = parser.intValue();
 } else {


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