Failed to parse field query for indices – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.5-7.15

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to parse the ‘query’ field for the specified indices. This could be due to incorrect syntax, invalid field name, or incompatible data type. To resolve this, ensure that your query syntax is correct and the field names exist in your index. Also, check the data types of your fields to ensure they match with your query. If you’re using a date field, ensure the format matches your index’s date format. Lastly, consider using a query validator tool to help identify any syntax errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to parse field ‘query’ for indices [ ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, indices.

Log Context

Log “failed to parse field ‘query’ for indices [” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 }  evaluateAndVerifyRoleQuery(query.utf8ToString(); xContentRegistry);
 } catch (ParsingException | IllegalArgumentException |  IOException e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("failed to parse field 'query' for indices [" +
 Strings.arrayToCommaDelimitedString(indicesPrivileges[i].getIndices()) +
 "] at index privilege [" + i + "] of role descriptor"; e);


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