Unsupported shape type – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

Opster Team

August-23, Version: 7.1-8.9

Briefly, this error occurs when you try to index a shape type that Elasticsearch does not support. Elasticsearch supports only certain types of shapes for spatial data like point, linestring, polygon, multipoint, multilinestring, and multipolygon. If you try to index a shape type that is not supported, you will encounter this error. To resolve this issue, ensure that the shape type you are trying to index is supported by Elasticsearch. If it’s not, you may need to convert your shape type to a supported one before indexing.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” unsupported shape type ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “unsupported shape type” class name is GeoJson.java. We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 case ENVELOPE -> {
 verifyNulls(type; geometries; orientation; radius);
 yield coordinates.asRectangle();
 default -> throw new ElasticsearchParseException("unsupported shape type " + type);
 }  /**
 * Checks that all passed parameters except type are null; generates corresponding error messages if they are not


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