Script must be provided with a script filter – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

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Briefly, this error message indicates that a script filter is being used in a query, but the corresponding script is missing. Script filters allow you to customize the scoring of search results in Elasticsearch using a custom script. To resolve this error, ensure that a valid script is provided when defining the script filter.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” script must be provided with a script filter ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: filter, query and index.

Log Context

Log “script must be provided with a [script] filter”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

"[script] query does not support an array of scripts. Use a bool query with a clause per script instead.");
 if (script == null) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "script must be provided with a [script] filter");
 return new ScriptQueryBuilder(script)


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