Span not exclude must be of type span query – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when the ‘exclude’ clause in a ‘span_not’ query in Elasticsearch is not of the correct type, which should be a ‘span’ query. To resolve this issue, ensure that the ‘exclude’ clause is a valid ‘span’ query. This could involve checking the syntax and structure of your query. Also, ensure that the field you’re querying supports ‘span’ queries. If it doesn’t, you may need to change your query or the way your data is indexed.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” span_not [exclude] must be of type span query ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: query, index.

Log Context

Log “span_not [exclude] must be of type span query” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 include = (SpanQueryBuilder) query;
 checkNoBoost(NAME; currentFieldName; parser; include);
 } else if (EXCLUDE_FIELD.match(currentFieldName; parser.getDeprecationHandler())) {
 QueryBuilder query = parseInnerQueryBuilder(parser);
 if (query instanceof SpanQueryBuilder == false) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "span_not [exclude] must be of type span query");
 exclude = (SpanQueryBuilder) query;
 checkNoBoost(NAME; currentFieldName; parser; exclude);
 } else {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "[span_not] query does not support [" + currentFieldName + "]");


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