Rewrite failed – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.16-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to rewrite a query but fails due to issues like incorrect syntax, invalid field names, or unsupported query types. To resolve this, you can check the query syntax for any errors, ensure that the field names used in the query exist in the index, and verify that the query type is supported by Elasticsearch. Additionally, ensure that the Elasticsearch version supports the query features you’re using.

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

Log Context

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

 if (rewriteQuery == null) {
 try {
 this.rewriteQuery = searcher().rewrite(query());
 } catch (IOException exc) {
 throw new QueryShardException(getSearchExecutionContext(); "rewrite failed"; exc);
 return rewriteQuery;


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