The path property must be specified for field name – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when a field in Elasticsearch is missing the required [path] property. This property is essential for nested fields and objects to specify the path to the field. To resolve this issue, you can either add the [path] property to the field in question or remove the field if it’s not necessary. Alternatively, you can modify your query to avoid using the field that’s causing the error.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” The [path] property must be specified for field [” + name + “]. ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: index.

Log Context

Log “The [path] property must be specified for field [” + name + “].” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throws MapperParsingException {
 FieldAliasMapper.Builder builder = new FieldAliasMapper.Builder(name);
 Object pathField = node.remove(Names.PATH);
 String path = XContentMapValues.nodeStringValue(pathField; null);
 if (path == null) {
 throw new MapperParsingException("The [path] property must be specified for field [" + name + "].");
 return builder.path(path);
 }  @Override


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