Invalid time received – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch receives an invalid time format. This could be due to incorrect date-time formatting in the data being indexed or a mismatch between the date-time format in the mapping and the actual data. To resolve this, ensure that the date-time format in your data matches the format specified in your index mapping. If the error persists, check the data for any anomalies or incorrect date-time entries. Also, consider using a date processor in an ingest pipeline to pre-process and standardize date formats before indexing.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Invalid time 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 time received; {}” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 // parse HH:mm:ss
 try {
 return new Literal(source; asTimeOnly(string); SqlDataTypes.TIME);
 } catch (DateTimeParseException ex) {
 throw new ParsingException(source; "Invalid time received; {}"; ex.getMessage());
 }  @Override
 public Literal visitTimestampEscapedLiteral(TimestampEscapedLiteralContext ctx) {


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