Unsupported operation parsed query is null – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 6.8-7.17

Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch tries to parse a null or empty query. This could be due to a programming error where the query is not properly initialized or assigned. To resolve this issue, ensure that the query is not null or empty before sending it to Elasticsearch. Check your code to make sure the query is properly formed and assigned. If you’re using a dynamic query, add checks to ensure it’s not null or empty before execution.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Unsupported operation: parsed query is null ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: query, plugin.

Log Context

Log “Unsupported operation: parsed query is null” class name is QueryProvider.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 throw new ElasticsearchException(parsingException);
 } else if (parsedQuery == null) { // Do we have a query defined but not parsed?
 // This is an admittedly rare case but we should fail early instead of writing null when there
 // actually is a query defined
 throw new ElasticsearchException("Unsupported operation: parsed query is null");


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