Failed to parse restriction for role – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 8.9-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch fails to interpret the restrictions defined for a specific role, possibly due to incorrect syntax or invalid parameters. To resolve this issue, you should first verify the role definition in your Elasticsearch configuration. Ensure that the syntax is correct and all parameters are valid. If the problem persists, consider recreating the role or resetting its restrictions to default settings. Also, check for any updates or patches that might fix known issues related to role restrictions.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to parse restriction for role [{}]. {} ” 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 restriction for role [{}]. {}” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 private static String[] readWorkflowsStringArray(String roleName; XContentParser parser) throws IOException {
 try {
 return XContentUtils.readStringArray(parser; false);
 } catch (ElasticsearchParseException e) {
 // re-wrap in order to add the role name
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("failed to parse restriction for role [{}]. {}"; e; roleName; e.getMessage());
 }  }


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