Invalid timestamp received – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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.

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) {