Watch reporting field path found in JSON payload payload was – How to solve this Elasticsearch exception

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August-23, Version: 6.8-7.15

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Briefly, this error occurs when Elasticsearch Watcher tries to access a field in the JSON payload that doesn’t exist. This could be due to a typo in the field name or the field not being included in the payload. To resolve this issue, you can either correct the field name in the Watcher or ensure the field is included in the payload. Additionally, you can add a condition to check if the field exists before trying to access it.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” Watch[{}] reporting[{}] field path found in JSON payload; payload was {} ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following Elasticsearch concepts: plugin.

Log Context

Log “Watch[{}] reporting[{}] field path found in JSON payload; payload was {}” class name is We extracted the following from Elasticsearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 .createParser(NamedXContentRegistry.EMPTY; LoggingDeprecationHandler.INSTANCE; stream)) {
 KibanaReportingPayload payload = new KibanaReportingPayload();
 PAYLOAD_PARSER.parse(parser; payload; null);
 String path = payload.getPath();
 if (Strings.isEmpty(path)) {
 throw new ElasticsearchException("Watch[{}] reporting[{}] field path found in JSON payload; payload was {}";
 watchId; attachmentId; body.utf8ToString());
 return path;


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