Script queries cannot be executed when – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.7-7.15

Briefly, this error occurs when ‘script.disable_dynamic’ is set to true in Elasticsearch. This setting prevents the execution of script queries for security reasons. To resolve this issue, you can either change the ‘script.disable_dynamic’ setting to false or use sandboxed scripting languages like Painless. However, be aware that enabling dynamic scripting can expose security vulnerabilities. Alternatively, you can use parameterized scripts or stored scripts to avoid this error.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [script] queries cannot be executed when ‘ ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index, query.

Log Context

Log “[script] queries cannot be executed when ‘” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 }  @Override
 protected Query doToQuery(SearchExecutionContext context) throws IOException {
 if (context.allowExpensiveQueries() == false) {
 throw new ElasticsearchException("[script] queries cannot be executed when '" +
 ALLOW_EXPENSIVE_QUERIES.getKey() + "' is set to false.");
 FilterScript.Factory factory = context.compile(script; FilterScript.CONTEXT);
 SearchLookup lookup = context.lookup();
 FilterScript.LeafFactory filterScript = factory.newFactory(script.getParams(); lookup);


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