Failed to create sort elements – How to solve this OpenSearch exception

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Aug-23, Version: 1-2.9

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Briefly, this error occurs when OpenSearch is unable to create sort elements due to incorrect or invalid sort parameters in the query. This could be due to a non-existent field, wrong field type, or incorrect syntax. To resolve this, ensure that the field you’re trying to sort by exists in your index and is of the correct type. Also, check your query syntax to ensure it’s correct. If you’re using a custom script for sorting, ensure it’s correctly written and doesn’t contain any errors.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to create sort elements ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: sort, search.

Log Context

Log “failed to create sort elements” class name is We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 Optional optionalSort = SortBuilder.buildSort(source.sorts(); context.getQueryShardContext());
 if (optionalSort.isPresent()) {
 } catch (IOException e) {
 throw new SearchException(shardTarget; "failed to create sort elements"; e);
 if (source.trackTotalHitsUpTo() != null
 && source.trackTotalHitsUpTo() != SearchContext.TRACK_TOTAL_HITS_ACCURATE


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