Shape type not included – 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 is trying to index a document with a shape field, but the shape type is not specified. This is required for Elasticsearch to understand the geometry of the shape. To resolve this issue, you can either specify the shape type in the mapping or include it in the document you’re indexing. For example, if you’re indexing a polygon, you should include “type”: “polygon” in your document. Alternatively, you can specify the shape type in the mapping when creating the index.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” shape type not included ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “shape type not included” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 }  if (malformedException != null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException(malformedException);
 } else if (shapeType == null) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("shape type not included");
 } else if (coordinateNode == null && GeoShapeType.GEOMETRYCOLLECTION != shapeType) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("coordinates not included");
 } else if (geometryCollections == null && GeoShapeType.GEOMETRYCOLLECTION == shapeType) {
 throw new ElasticsearchParseException("geometries not included");
 } else if (radius != null && GeoShapeType.CIRCLE != shapeType) {


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