Failed to find minimum_should_match field ” + minimumShouldMatchField + ” – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to find the minimum_should_match field in a query. The minimum_should_match field is used to control the number of optional terms that must match in a query, and if the field is not found or has an incorrect value, the query will fail. To resolve this error, review the Elasticsearch query and ensure that the minimum_should_match field is present and has a valid value.

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

private LongValuesSource createValuesSource(QueryShardContext context) {
 LongValuesSource longValuesSource;
 if (minimumShouldMatchField != null) {
 MappedFieldType msmFieldType = context.fieldMapper(minimumShouldMatchField);
 if (msmFieldType == null) {
 throw new QueryShardException(context; "failed to find minimum_should_match field [" + minimumShouldMatchField + "]");
 IndexNumericFieldData fieldData = context.getForField(msmFieldType);
 longValuesSource = new FieldValuesSource(fieldData);
 } else if (minimumShouldMatchScript != null) {


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