Failed to find geo point field fieldName – 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 locate a geo point field with the specified name in your index. This could be due to a typo in the field name, or the field may not exist in the index. To resolve this issue, you can verify the field name and ensure it exists in your index. If it doesn’t, you need to create it. Also, ensure that the field is correctly mapped as a geo point field in your index mapping.

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This guide will help you check for common problems that cause the log ” failed to find geo_point field [” + fieldName + “] ” to appear. To understand the issues related to this log, read the explanation below about the following OpenSearch concepts: index, query.

Log Context

Log “failed to find geo_point field [” + fieldName + “]” class name is We extracted the following from OpenSearch source code for those seeking an in-depth context :

 MappedFieldType fieldType = context.fieldMapper(fieldName);
 if (fieldType == null) {
 if (ignoreUnmapped) {
 return new MatchNoDocsQuery();
 } else {
 throw new QueryShardException(context; "failed to find geo_point field [" + fieldName + "]");
 if (!(fieldType instanceof GeoPointFieldType)) {
 throw new QueryShardException(context; "field [" + fieldName + "] is not a geo_point field");


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