Invalid aggregation order path – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-7.6

Briefly, this error occurs when the path specified in the “order” field of an Elasticsearch aggregation is incorrect. This could be due to a typo, incorrect field name, or the field not existing in the index. To resolve this, ensure that the field you’re trying to order by exists in the index and is spelled correctly. Also, check that the path is correctly structured, following the pattern “aggregationName.fieldName”. If the field is a nested field, ensure that the correct path is provided.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Invalid aggregation order path [ ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: search, aggregations.

Log Context

Log “Invalid aggregation order path [” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (i < pathElements.size() - 1) {  // we're in the middle of the path; so the aggregator can only be a single-bucket aggregator  if (!(aggregator instanceof SingleBucketAggregator)) {
 throw new AggregationExecutionException("Invalid aggregation order path [" + this +
 "]. Buckets can only be sorted on a sub-aggregator path " +
 "that is built out of zero or more single-bucket aggregations within the path and a final " +
 "single-bucket or a metrics aggregation at the path end. Sub-path [" +
 subPath(0; i + 1) + "] points to non single-bucket aggregation");


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