Could not parse field field with value text as address – 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 parse a specific field as an address. This could be due to incorrect data type, format, or a mapping issue. To resolve this, ensure that the data type and format of the field match the expected address format. If the issue persists, check the mapping of the field. If necessary, reindex the data with the correct mapping. Also, validate the data before indexing to avoid such errors.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” could not parse field [” + field + “] with value [” + text + “] as address ” 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 field [” + field + “] with value [” + text + “] as address ” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (token == XContentParser.Token.VALUE_STRING) {
 String text = parser.text();
 try {
 return parse(parser.text());
 } catch (AddressException ae) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("could not parse field [" + field + "] with value [" + text + "] as address " +
 "list. address(es) must be RFC822 encoded"; ae);
 if (token == XContentParser.Token.START_ARRAY) {
 List addresses = new ArrayList<>();


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