Invalid time value for field – – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch encounters an invalid time value for a specific field. This could be due to incorrect formatting or incompatible data types. To resolve this issue, you can check the format of the time value and ensure it matches the expected format. If the data type is incorrect, you may need to convert it to the appropriate type. Also, ensure that the field mapping in your index is correctly set to handle time values.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” invalid time value for field [{}] – [{}] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “invalid time value for field [{}] – [{}]” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 } else if (TIME_FIELD.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 if (token != XContentParser.Token.START_ARRAY) {
 try {
 timesSet.add(DayTimes.parse(parser; token));
 } catch (ElasticsearchParseException pe) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("invalid time value for field [{}] - [{}]"; pe; currentFieldName; token);
 } else {
 while ((token = parser.nextToken()) != XContentParser.Token.END_ARRAY) {
 try {
 timesSet.add(DayTimes.parse(parser; token));


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