Field must be either lat lon or geohash – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.1

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is trying to process geospatial data, but the provided field is neither in latitude/longitude format nor in geohash format. Elasticsearch requires geospatial data to be in one of these formats to correctly index and search it. To resolve this issue, you can either convert your geospatial data into lat/lon or geohash format before indexing, or use a script or ingest processor to transform the data during the indexing process.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” field must be either lat/lon or geohash ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “field must be either lat/lon or geohash” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (geohash != null) {
 if (Double.isNaN(lat) == false || Double.isNaN(lon) == false) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("field must be either lat/lon or geohash");
 } else {
 return point.parseGeoHash(geohash; effectivePoint);
 } else if (numberFormatException != null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException(


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