Error parsing document – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 8.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch encounters a problem while trying to parse a document. This could be due to incorrect data types, invalid JSON format, or a mismatch between the document structure and the index mapping. To resolve this issue, you can: 1) Check the document for any syntax errors or invalid data types. 2) Verify that the document structure matches the index mapping. 3) If the error persists, consider reindexing the data with a new mapping that matches the document structure.

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

Log Context

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

 } catch (XContentParseException e) {
 throw new DocumentParsingException(e.getLocation(); e.getMessage(); e);
 } catch (IOException e) {
 // IOException from jackson; we don't have any useful location information here
 throw new DocumentParsingException(XContentLocation.UNKNOWN; "Error parsing document"; e);
 assert context.path.pathAsText("").isEmpty() : "found leftover path elements: " + context.path.pathAsText("");  return new ParsedDocument(