Request body or source parameter is required – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Request body or source parameter is required – 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 “request body or source parameter is required” 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: rest, request, source.

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Log Context

Log”request body or source parameter is required”classname  is
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

* Get the content of the request or the contents of the {@code source} param or throw an exception if both are missing.
  * Prefer {@link #contentOrSourceParamParser()} or {@link #withContentOrSourceParamParserOrNull(CheckedConsumer)} if you need a parser.
  public final Tuple contentOrSourceParam() {
  if (hasContentOrSourceParam() == false) {
  throw new ElasticsearchParseException("request body or source parameter is required");
  } else if (hasContent()) {
  return new Tuple(xContentType.get(); requiredContent());
  String source = param("source");
  String typeParam = param("source_content_type");

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 parse_exception – request body is required -views 17,638 ,score 6

Elasticsearch GET request with request body -views   16,670,score 22

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