Invalid query given expected but found – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-7.14

Briefly, this error occurs when the Elasticsearch query provided does not match the expected format. The placeholders ‘{}’ indicate the expected and actual values. This could be due to incorrect syntax, wrong field names, or incompatible data types. To resolve this, ensure that your query is correctly formatted, the field names are accurate, and the data types match the ones in your index. Also, consider using a query validation tool to check your query before sending it to Elasticsearch.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Invalid query ‘{}'[{}] given; expected {} but found {} ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: query, parser, plugin.

Log Context

Log “Invalid query ‘{}'[{}] given; expected {} but found {}” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 Object result = ctx.accept(this);
 if (type.isInstance(result)) {
 return (T) result;
 }  throw new ParsingException(source(ctx); "Invalid query '{}'[{}] given; expected {} but found {}";
 ctx.getText(); ctx.getClass().getSimpleName();
 type.getSimpleName(); (result != null ? result.getClass().getSimpleName() : "null"));
 }  protected LogicalPlan plan(ParseTree ctx) {