Expected a single points but got a list – How to solve this OpenSearch exception

Opster Team

Aug-23, Version: 1-2.9

Before you dig into reading this guide, have you tried asking OpsGPT what this log means? You’ll receive a customized analysis of your log.

Try OpsGPT now for step-by-step guidance and tailored insights into your OpenSearch operation.

Briefly, this error occurs when OpenSearch expects a single data point but receives a list or array of points instead. This could be due to incorrect formatting or data structure in the request. To resolve this issue, you can: 1) Check the data structure and ensure it matches the expected format. 2) Validate your data before sending it to OpenSearch. 3) If you’re using a script or application to send data, ensure it’s correctly configured to send single points instead of lists.

For a complete solution to your to your search operation, try for free AutoOps for Elasticsearch & OpenSearch . With AutoOps and Opster’s proactive support, you don’t have to worry about your search operation – we take charge of it. Get improved performance & stability with less hardware.

This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” expected a single points but got a list ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: .

Log Context

Log “expected a single points but got a list” class name is GeoJson.java. We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 return children.get(0).numDimensions();
 }  public Point asPoint() {
 if (children != null) {
 throw new OpenSearchException("expected a single points but got a list");
 return coordinate;
 }  public MultiPoint asMultiPoint() {


How helpful was this guide?

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?

Get expert answers on Elasticsearch/OpenSearch