Field field does not exist – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to access a field in an index that does not exist. This could be due to a typo in the field name, or the field was not created in the index. To resolve this issue, you can check the field name for any typos or mistakes. If the field name is correct, ensure that the field exists in the index by checking the index mapping. If the field does not exist, you may need to create it or update your query to remove or replace the non-existent field.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” field [” + field + “] does not exist ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: percolator.

Log Context

Log “field [” + field + “] does not exist” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throw new IllegalStateException("no document to percolate");
 }  MappedFieldType fieldType = context.getFieldType(field);
 if (fieldType == null) {
 throw new QueryShardException(context; "field [" + field + "] does not exist");
 }  if ((fieldType instanceof PercolatorFieldMapper.PercolatorFieldType) == false) {
 throw new QueryShardException(


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