Invalid path element element in path path – 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 an invalid element is used in the path of an Elasticsearch request. This could be due to a typo, incorrect syntax, or using a path that doesn’t exist. To resolve this issue, you should first verify the path and ensure it’s correctly formatted. If the path is correct, check the element causing the error. Make sure it’s valid and correctly spelled. If the error persists, it might be due to a deeper issue with your Elasticsearch configuration or data structure.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Invalid path element [” + element + “] in path [” + 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 path element [” + element + “] in path [” + path + “]” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 String element = elements[i];
 if (i == elements.length - 1) {
 int index = element.lastIndexOf('[');
 if (index >= 0) {
 if (index == 0 || index > element.length() - 3) {
 throw new AggregationExecutionException("Invalid path element [" + element + "] in path [" + path + "]");
 if (element.charAt(element.length() - 1) != ']') {
 throw new AggregationExecutionException("Invalid path element [" + element + "] in path [" + path + "]");
 tokens.add(new PathElement(element; element.substring(0; index); element.substring(index + 1; element.length() - 1)));


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