Latitude must be a numeric value – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Average Read Time

2 Mins

Latitude must be a numeric value – 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 can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” latitude must be a numeric value ” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: search.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

Log”latitude must be a numeric value”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

contexts.add(stringEncode(lon; lat; precision));
  } else {
  throw new ElasticsearchParseException("only two values [lon; lat] expected");
  } else {
  throw new ElasticsearchParseException("latitude must be a numeric value");
  } else {
  while (token != Token.END_ARRAY) {
  GeoPoint point = GeoUtils.parseGeoPoint(parser);
  contexts.add(stringEncode(point.getLon(); point.getLat(); precision));


Run the Check-Up to get a customized report like this:

Analyze your cluster