Failed to find geo field fieldName – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.11-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to locate a specified geo field in the index. This could be due to a typo in the field name, the field not being mapped as a geo field, or the field not existing in the index. To resolve this issue, you can check the field name for typos, ensure the field is correctly mapped as a geo field, or verify that the field exists in the index.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to find geo field [” + fieldName + “] ” 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 find geo field [” + fieldName + “]” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 MappedFieldType fieldType = context.getFieldType(fieldName);
 if (fieldType == null) {
 if (ignoreUnmapped) {
 return new MatchNoDocsQuery();
 } else {
 throw new QueryShardException(context; "failed to find geo field [" + fieldName + "]");
 }  if ((fieldType instanceof GeoShapeQueryable) == false) {
 throw new QueryShardException(


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