Failed to create sort elements – 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 sort elements due to incorrect or invalid sort field in the query. This could be due to a non-existent field, wrong field type, or incorrect syntax. To resolve this issue, you can verify the field name and type in your index mapping. Ensure that the field you’re trying to sort by exists and is of the correct type. Also, check your query syntax to ensure it’s correct. If the field is a text field, consider using a keyword type or a sub-field with keyword type for sorting.

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

Log Context

Log “failed to create sort elements” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 Optional optionalSort = SortBuilder.buildSort(source.sorts(); context.getSearchExecutionContext());
 if (optionalSort.isPresent()) {
 } catch (IOException e) {
 throw new SearchException(shardTarget; "failed to create sort elements"; e);
 if (source.trackTotalHitsUpTo() != null
 && source.trackTotalHitsUpTo() != SearchContext.TRACK_TOTAL_HITS_ACCURATE


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