Failed to create query – 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 create a query due to incorrect syntax, missing or invalid fields, or unsupported query types. To resolve this issue, you should first check the syntax of your query to ensure it’s correct. Next, verify that all fields in your query exist in your index and are spelled correctly. Also, ensure that you’re using supported query types. If you’re using a complex query, try breaking it down into simpler parts to identify the problematic section.

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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, index.

Log Context

Log “failed to create query: {}” class name 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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