No text specified for multi match query – 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 a multi_match query is executed without specifying any text to match against. This is a requirement for this type of query in Elasticsearch. To resolve this issue, you should ensure that you provide a text parameter in your multi_match query. Alternatively, you can switch to a match query if you only need to search against one field. Also, check your application code to ensure that it’s not sending empty or null values for the text parameter in the multi_match query.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” No text specified for multi_match 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 “No text specified for multi_match query” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 }  if (value == null) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "No text specified for multi_match query");
 }  if (fuzziness != null && (type == Type.CROSS_FIELDS || type == Type.PHRASE || type == Type.PHRASE_PREFIX)) {
 throw new ParsingException(


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