Failed to parse role – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

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Failed to parse role – 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 Error 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 role ” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

Log”failed to parse role [{}]”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

private static String[] readStringArray(String roleName; XContentParser parser; boolean allowNull) throws IOException {
  try {
  return XContentUtils.readStringArray(parser; allowNull);
  } catch (ElasticsearchParseException e) {
  // re-wrap in order to add the role name
  throw new ElasticsearchParseException("failed to parse role [{}]"; e; roleName);
  public static RoleDescriptor parsePrivilegesCheck(String description; BytesReference source; XContentType xContentType)
  throws IOException {


Run the Check-Up to get a customized report like this:

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