Failed to parse field query from the role descriptor – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.5-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch cannot interpret the ‘query’ field in the role descriptor. This could be due to incorrect syntax, missing fields, or incompatible data types. To resolve this issue, you should first verify the syntax of your query. Ensure that all necessary fields are included and that the data types match what is expected. If the problem persists, consider simplifying your query or breaking it down into smaller parts to identify the problematic section.

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

Log Context

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

 if (query != null) {
 String templateResult = SecurityQueryTemplateEvaluator.evaluateTemplate(query.utf8ToString(); scriptService; user);
 try {
 return evaluateAndVerifyRoleQuery(templateResult; xContentRegistry);
 } catch (ElasticsearchParseException | ParsingException | XContentParseException | IOException e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("failed to parse field 'query' from the role descriptor"; e);
 return null;


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