Source definition may not contain – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Source definition may not contain – How to solve this Elasticsearch error

Opster Team

July-20, Version: 1.7-8.0

Before you begin reading this guide, we recommend you try running the Elasticsearch Error Check-Up which can resolve issues that cause many errors.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” source definition may not contain ” to appear. It’s important to understand the issues related to the log, so to get started, read the general overview on common issues and tips related to the Elasticsearch concepts: source.

Advanced users might want to skip right to the common problems section in each concept or try running the Check-Up which analyses ES to pinpoint the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations how to resolve them (free tool that requires no installation).

Log Context

Log”source definition may not contain [{}]”classname  is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

if ("includes".equals(currentFieldName) || "include".equals(currentFieldName)) {
  currentList = includes != null ? includes : (includes = new ArrayList(2));
  } else if ("excludes".equals(currentFieldName) || "exclude".equals(currentFieldName)) {
  currentList = excludes != null ? excludes : (excludes = new ArrayList(2));
  } else {
  throw new ElasticsearchParseException("source definition may not contain [{}]"; parser.text());
  } else if (token == Token.START_ARRAY) {
  while ((token = parser.nextToken()) != Token.END_ARRAY) {


Run the Check-Up to get a customized report like this:

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