Alias datatypeedit

Field aliases can only be specified on indexes with a single mapping type. To add a field alias, the index must therefore have been created in 6.0 or later, or be an older index with the setting index.mapping.single_type: true. Please see Removal of mapping types for more information.

An alias mapping defines an alternate name for a field in the index. The alias can be used in place of the target field in search requests, and selected other APIs like field capabilities.

PUT trips
  "mappings": {
    "_doc": {
      "properties": {
        "distance": {
          "type": "long"
        "route_length_miles": {
          "type": "alias",
          "path": "distance" 
        "transit_mode": {
          "type": "keyword"

GET _search
  "query": {
    "range" : {
      "route_length_miles" : {
        "gte" : 39

The path to the target field. Note that this must be the full path, including any parent objects (e.g. object1.object2.field).

Almost all components of the search request accept field aliases. In particular, aliases can be used in queries, aggregations, and sort fields, as well as when requesting docvalue_fields, stored_fields, suggestions, and highlights. Scripts also support aliases when accessing field values. Please see the section on unsupported APIs for exceptions.

In some parts of the search request and when requesting field capabilities, field wildcard patterns can be provided. In these cases, the wildcard pattern will match field aliases in addition to concrete fields:

GET trips/_field_caps?fields=route_*,transit_mode

Alias targetsedit

There are a few restrictions on the target of an alias:

  • The target must be a concrete field, and not an object or another field alias.
  • The target field must exist at the time the alias is created.
  • If nested objects are defined, a field alias must have the same nested scope as its target.

Additionally, a field alias can only have one target. This means that it is not possible to use a field alias to query over multiple target fields in a single clause.

Unsupported APIsedit

Writes to field aliases are not supported: attempting to use an alias in an index or update request will result in a failure. Likewise, aliases cannot be used as the target of copy_to or in multi-fields.

Because alias names are not present in the document source, aliases cannot be used when performing source filtering. For example, the following request will return an empty result for _source:

GET /_search
  "query" : {
    "match_all": {}
  "_source": "route_length_miles"

Currently only the search and field capabilities APIs will accept and resolve field aliases. Other APIs that accept field names, such as term vectors, cannot be used with field aliases.

Finally, some queries, such as terms, geo_shape, and more_like_this, allow for fetching query information from an indexed document. Because field aliases aren’t supported when fetching documents, the part of the query that specifies the lookup path cannot refer to a field by its alias.