Invalid timestamp received – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch receives a timestamp that it cannot parse or recognize. This could be due to incorrect format, timezone issues, or invalid values. To resolve this, ensure that the timestamp is in a format that Elasticsearch can understand, such as ISO 8601. Also, check if the timestamp includes a valid timezone. If you’re using a custom timestamp format, ensure it’s correctly defined in your date parsing and formatting settings. Lastly, validate the data source to ensure it’s providing correct timestamp values.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Invalid timestamp 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 timestamp 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 hh:mm:ss(.f...)
 try {
 return new Literal(source; dateTimeOfEscapedLiteral(string); DataTypes.DATETIME);
 } catch (DateTimeParseException ex) {
 throw new ParsingException(source; "Invalid timestamp received; {}"; ex.getMessage());
 }  @Override
 public Literal visitGuidEscapedLiteral(GuidEscapedLiteralContext ctx) {


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