Field missing – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-8.2

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to access a field in a document that doesn’t exist. This could be due to a typo in the field name, or the field might not exist in some documents. To resolve this issue, you can check the field name for typos, ensure the field exists in all documents, or use the “ignore_unmapped” option to ignore the error if the field is missing in some documents. Alternatively, you can use a script to handle missing fields.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” field [{}] missing ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “field [{}] missing” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (lat || lon || type || coordinates) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException(invalidFieldsMessage);
 } else if (found.size() == 0) {
 if (lat) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("field [{}] missing"; LONGITUDE);
 } else if (lon) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("field [{}] missing"; LATITUDE);
 } else if (coordinates) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("field [{}] missing"; TYPE);
 } else if (type) {


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