Invalid date received – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch receives a date that it cannot parse or recognize. This could be due to incorrect date format, timezone issues, or a non-date value being passed where a date is expected. To resolve this, ensure that the date format matches the one expected by Elasticsearch. If you’re using a custom date format, ensure it’s correctly defined. Also, check for any timezone discrepancies. Lastly, validate your data to ensure that non-date values are not being passed where a date is expected.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Invalid date received; {} ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: parser, plugin.

Log Context

Log “Invalid date received; {}” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 Source source = source(ctx);
 // parse yyyy-MM-dd (time optional but is set to 00:00:00.000 because of the conversion to DATE
 try {
 return new Literal(source; asDateOnly(string); SqlDataTypes.DATE);
 } catch (DateTimeParseException ex) {
 throw new ParsingException(source; "Invalid date received; {}"; ex.getMessage());
 }  @Override
 public Literal visitTimeEscapedLiteral(TimeEscapedLiteralContext ctx) {


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