Invalid timestamp received; – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which analyzes 2 JSON files to detect many configuration errors.

Briefly, this error indicates that Elasticsearch received an invalid timestamp. Timestamps are used to track when documents are indexed and searched. The timestamp could be in the wrong format, contain invalid characters, or be out of range. To resolve this error, double-check the timestamp format and ensure that it is within the correct range.

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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 and plugin.

Log Context

Log “Invalid timestamp received; {}”classname  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());
 public Literal visitGuidEscapedLiteral(GuidEscapedLiteralContext ctx) {


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