GeoJSON type for geo point can only be Point – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 8.2-8.2

Briefly, this error occurs when you’re trying to index a document with a geo_point field in Elasticsearch, but the GeoJSON object’s ‘type’ is not ‘Point’. Elasticsearch only supports ‘Point’ type for geo_point fields. To resolve this issue, ensure that the ‘type’ of your GeoJSON object is ‘Point’. If you’re using other types like ‘Polygon’ or ‘LineString’, consider using the geo_shape datatype instead. Also, check your data source to ensure it’s providing the correct GeoJSON format.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” GeoJSON ‘type’ for geo_point can only be ‘Point’ ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “GeoJSON ‘type’ for geo_point can only be ‘Point'” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (geohash != null) {
 return point.parseGeoHash(geohash; effectivePoint);
 if (coordinates != null) {
 if (geojsonType == null || geojsonType.toLowerCase(Locale.ROOT).equals("point") == false) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("GeoJSON 'type' for geo_point can only be 'Point'");
 if (coordinates.size() < 2) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("GeoJSON 'coordinates' must contain at least two values");
 if (coordinates.size() == 3) {


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