Failed to encode shape – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to encode the shape data type. This could be due to incorrect or incompatible shape data. To resolve this issue, you can try the following: 1) Verify the shape data and ensure it is in the correct format. 2) Check if the Elasticsearch version supports the shape data type. If not, consider upgrading Elasticsearch. 3) If the error persists, it might be due to a bug in Elasticsearch. In this case, consider reporting the issue to the Elasticsearch community.

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

Log Context

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

 public BytesRef binaryValue() {
 try {
 return GeometryDocValueWriter.write(fields; coordinateEncoder; centroidCalculator);
 } catch (IOException e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchException("failed to encode shape"; e);