Normalized wildcard query – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 8.3-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when a wildcard query is used in Elasticsearch and the query string is normalized. Normalization can cause issues as it may change the query string in a way that it no longer matches the intended documents. To resolve this issue, you can either avoid using wildcard queries or disable normalization for the fields that are being queried. Alternatively, you can use the keyword analyzer for the fields that are being queried, as it does not normalize the query string.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” normalized wildcard 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 “normalized wildcard query” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throw new QueryShardException(context; fail("wildcard query"));
 }  @Override
 public Query normalizedWildcardQuery(String value; @Nullable MultiTermQuery.RewriteMethod method; SearchExecutionContext context) {
 throw new QueryShardException(context; fail("normalized wildcard query"));
 }  @Override
 public Query regexpQuery(
 String value;


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