SearchApplication BINARY CONTENT FIELD getPreferredName field is missing – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 8.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch is unable to find the specified field in the index. This could be due to a typo in the field name, or the field may not exist in the current index. To resolve this issue, you can check the field name for any spelling mistakes or case sensitivity issues. If the field name is correct, ensure that the field exists in the index. If it doesn’t, you may need to add it to your index mapping. Alternatively, you can modify your query to exclude this field.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” [” + SearchApplication.BINARY_CONTENT_FIELD.getPreferredName() + “] field is missing ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin, search.

Log Context

Log “[” + SearchApplication.BINARY_CONTENT_FIELD.getPreferredName() + “] field is missing” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 } else {
 XContentParserUtils.parseFieldsValue(parser); // consume and discard unknown fields
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("[" + SearchApplication.BINARY_CONTENT_FIELD.getPreferredName() + "] field is missing");
 } catch (IOException e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("Failed to parse: " + source.utf8ToString(); e);
 } catch (ValidationException e) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("Invalid Search Application: " + source.utf8ToString(); e);


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