Failed to parse field ‘query’ for indices – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many 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: indices and plugin.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

Log “failed to parse field ‘query’ for indices [“classname  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);


Watch product tour

Watch how AutoOps finds & fixes Elasticsearch problems

Analyze Your Cluster
Skip to content