Numeric value expected – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch expects a numeric value but receives a different data type, such as a string or boolean. This often happens during indexing or querying. To resolve this, ensure that the data type of the field matches the expected numeric type. If the field is dynamically mapped, you may need to explicitly define the mapping. Also, check your queries to ensure they’re not trying to perform numeric operations on non-numeric fields. Lastly, if you’re using scripts, ensure they’re not returning non-numeric values for numeric fields.

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

Log Context

Log “numeric value expected” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 assertZValue(ignoreZValue; subParser.doubleValue());
 } else {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("[{}] field type does not accept > 3 dimensions"; mapType);
 } else {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("numeric value expected");
 return createPoint(x; y);
 } else if (parser.currentToken() == XContentParser.Token.VALUE_STRING) {


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