Multipoint data provided when single point data expected – 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 expects a single point data but receives multipoint data instead. This usually happens when you’re trying to index geospatial data. Elasticsearch differentiates between single point (like ‘geo_point’) and multipoint (like ‘geo_shape’) data types. To resolve this, ensure that the data type in your mapping matches the data you’re trying to index. If you’re dealing with multipoint data, use ‘geo_shape’. If it’s single point data, use ‘geo_point’. Also, check your data input to ensure it’s in the correct format.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” multipoint data provided when single point data expected. ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “multipoint data provided when single point data expected.” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 if (coordinates.isEmpty()) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException(
 "invalid number of points (0) provided when expecting a single coordinate ([lat; lng])"
 } else if (coordinates.children != null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("multipoint data provided when single point data expected.");
 return coordinates;
 MULTIPOINT("multipoint") {


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