Failed to create query: – 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 Error Check-Up which analyzes 2 JSON files to detect many configuration errors.

Briefly, this error message may occur when a query cannot be executed due to an internal error in Elasticsearch or due to incorrect syntax or parameters. To resolve this issue, ensure that the syntax of the query is correct, the required fields are specified, and that any parameters or filters are properly set.

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

Log Context

Log “failed to create query: {}”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

QueryBuilder rewriteQuery = Rewriteable.rewrite(queryBuilder; this; true);
 return new ParsedQuery(filterOrQuery.apply(rewriteQuery); copyNamedQueries());
 } catch(QueryShardException | ParsingException e) {
 throw e;
 } catch(Exception e) {
 throw new QueryShardException(this; "failed to create query: {}"; e; e.getMessage());
 } finally {


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