Multi-phrase query – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 8.3-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when a search query in Elasticsearch is structured incorrectly, specifically when using a multi-phrase query. This type of query is used to match multiple phrases within a text. The error indicates that the query syntax is not correct. To resolve this issue, you should review the syntax of your multi-phrase query. Ensure that the phrases are enclosed in double quotes and separated by commas. Also, check that the field you’re querying exists and is of the correct type. Lastly, ensure your Elasticsearch version supports the multi-phrase query feature.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” multi-phrase query ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: query, index.

Log Context

Log “multi-phrase query” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throw new QueryShardException(context; fail("phrase query"));
 }  @Override
 public Query multiPhraseQuery(TokenStream stream; int slop; boolean enablePositionIncrements; SearchExecutionContext context) {
 throw new QueryShardException(context; fail("multi-phrase query"));
 }  @Override
 public Query phrasePrefixQuery(TokenStream stream; int slop; int maxExpansions; SearchExecutionContext context) throws IOException {
 throw new QueryShardException(context; fail("phrase prefix query"));


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