Shape must be an object consisting of type and coordinates – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch receives a shape query that doesn’t contain the required fields: “type” and “coordinates”. Elasticsearch uses these fields to identify and locate the shape. To resolve this issue, ensure that your shape query includes both “type” and “coordinates” fields. The “type” field should specify the shape type (e.g., “point”, “polygon”) and the “coordinates” field should provide the specific location details of the shape.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” shape must be an object consisting of type and coordinates ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “shape must be an object consisting of type and coordinates” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 public static GeometryParserFormat geometryFormat(XContentParser parser) {
 return switch (parser.currentToken()) {
 // We don't know the format of the original geometry - so going with default
 default -> throw new ElasticsearchParseException("shape must be an object consisting of type and coordinates");


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