Please specify sequence by before with not after – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Please specify sequence by before with not after ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: parser and plugin.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up to analyze Elasticsearch configuration and help resolve this error.

Log Context

Log “Please specify sequence [by] before [with] not after”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 public Sequence visitSequence(SequenceContext ctx) {
 Source source = source(ctx); 
 if (ctx.disallowed != null && ctx.sequenceParams() != null) {
 throw new ParsingException(source; "Please specify sequence [by] before [with] not after");
 List parentJoinKeys = visitJoinKeys(;
 TimeValue maxSpan = visitSequenceParams(ctx.sequenceParams());


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