Error parsing document in field – 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 Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

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: plugins and document.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

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

parsedContent = TikaImpl.parse(input; metadata; indexedChars);
 } 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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