Referenced field must be mapped to geo_point – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Referenced field must be mapped to geo_point – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Updated: July-20

Elasticsearch Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log “referenced field must be mapped to geo_point” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: search.

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Log Context

Log”referenced field must be mapped to geo_point”classname  is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

  public Set parseContext(ParseContext parseContext; XContentParser parser) throws IOException; ElasticsearchParseException {
  if (fieldName != null) {
  MappedFieldType fieldType = parseContext.mapperService().fieldType(fieldName);
  if (!(fieldType instanceof GeoPointFieldMapper.GeoPointFieldType)) {
  throw new ElasticsearchParseException("referenced field must be mapped to geo_point");
  final Set contexts = new HashSet();
  Token token = parser.currentToken();
  if (token == Token.START_ARRAY) {

Related issues to this log

We have gathered selected Q&A from the community and issues from Github, that can help fix related issues please review the following for further information :

1 Elasticsearch "failed to find geo_point field [location]" when the mapping is there for that field -views 2,552 ,score 2

Elastic search 5.3 – failed to find geo_point field -views   515,score 2

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