Error parsing document in field – 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 encounters a problem while parsing a document in a specific field. This could be due to incorrect data types, malformed JSON, or incompatible field mappings. To resolve this issue, you can: 1) Check the data type of the field and ensure it matches with the input data. 2) Validate the JSON format of the document. 3) Review and correct the field mappings if necessary. 4) If the field is not necessary, consider removing it from the document.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Error parsing document in field [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: document.

Log Context

Log “Error parsing document in field [{}]” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 parsedContent = TikaImpl.parse(input; metadata; indexedCharsValue);
 } catch (ZeroByteFileException e) {
 // tika 1.17 throws an exception when the InputStream has 0 bytes.
 // previously; it did not mind. This is here to preserve that behavior.
 } catch (Exception e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("Error parsing document in field [{}]"; e; field);
 }  if (properties.contains(Property.CONTENT) && Strings.hasLength(parsedContent)) {
 // somehow tika seems to append a newline at the end automatically; lets remove that again
 additionalFields.put(Property.CONTENT.toLowerCase(); parsedContent.trim());


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