Error extracting body from response – 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 is unable to parse the body of a response. This could be due to a malformed response, incorrect content type, or a bug in the Elasticsearch client. To resolve this issue, you can try the following: 1) Check the format of the response body to ensure it’s correctly formed. 2) Verify the content type of the response. It should be ‘application/json’ for Elasticsearch. 3) Update your Elasticsearch client to the latest version, as this could be a bug that’s been fixed in a newer version.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Error extracting body from response ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: response, reindex.

Log Context

Log “Error extracting body from response” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 try {
 throw new ElasticsearchException(
 "Response didn't include Content-Type: " + bodyMessage(response.getEntity())
 } catch (IOException e) {
 ElasticsearchException ee = new ElasticsearchException("Error extracting body from response");
 throw ee;
 // EMPTY is safe here because we don't call namedObject


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