Type ” + type + ” cannot be used in multi field – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Type ” + type + ” cannot be used in multi field – Elasticsearch Error How To Solve Related Issues

Updated: July-20

Elasticsearch Version: 1.7-8.0

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log “Type ” + type + ” cannot be used in multi field” 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: index.

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 discover the cause of many errors and provides suitable actionable recommendations (free tool that requires no installation). 

Log Context

Log”Type [” + type + “] cannot be used in multi field”classname  is TypeParsers.java
We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

throw new MapperParsingException("no type specified for property [" + multiFieldName + "]");
  if (type.equals(ObjectMapper.CONTENT_TYPE)
  || type.equals(ObjectMapper.NESTED_CONTENT_TYPE)
  || type.equals(FieldAliasMapper.CONTENT_TYPE)) {
  throw new MapperParsingException("Type [" + type + "] cannot be used in multi field");
  Mapper.TypeParser typeParser = parserContext.typeParser(type);
  if (typeParser == null) {
  throw new MapperParsingException("no handler for type [" + type + "] declared on field [" + multiFieldName + "]");


Related issues to this log

We have gathered selected Q&A from the community and issues from Github, that can help fix related issues please review the following for further information :

1 Elasticsearch field name aliasing -views 9,028 ,score 6

Elasticsearch Mapping – Multi field on nested object property -views   810



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