Unexpected token token for order – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 7.16-8.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when an invalid value is passed to the “order” parameter in an Elasticsearch query. The “order” parameter expects values like “asc” or “desc” for ascending or descending order respectively. If it receives an unexpected value, it throws this error. To resolve this issue, ensure that the “order” parameter in your query is correctly set to either “asc” or “desc”. Also, check for any typographical errors or incorrect syntax in your query.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Unexpected token [” + token + “] for [order] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: search, aggregations.

Log Context

Log “Unexpected token [” + token + “] for [order]” class name is InternalOrder.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 orderAsc = false;
 } else {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "Unknown order direction [" + dir + "]");
 } else {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "Unexpected token [" + token + "] for [order]");
 if (orderKey == null) {
 throw new ParsingException(parser.getTokenLocation(); "Must specify at least one field for [order]");


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