Failed to parse query bounding box not provided – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to execute a geo bounding box query without the required bounding box coordinates. The bounding box coordinates define the geographical area for the search. To resolve this issue, ensure that you provide the necessary bounding box coordinates in your query. Also, check your query syntax to ensure it’s correct. If you’re dynamically generating queries, ensure the code generating the bounding box coordinates is functioning correctly.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to parse [{}] query. bounding box not provided ” 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 parse [{}] query. bounding box not provided” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 }  if (bbox == null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("failed to parse [{}] query. bounding box not provided"; NAME);
 }  GeoBoundingBoxQueryBuilder builder = new GeoBoundingBoxQueryBuilder(fieldName);
 builder.setCorners(bbox.topLeft(); bbox.bottomRight());


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