Wildcard queryedit

Returns documents that contain terms matching a wildcard pattern.

A wildcard operator is a placeholder that matches one or more characters. For example, the * wildcard operator matches zero or more characters. You can combine wildcard operators with other characters to create a wildcard pattern.

Example requestedit

The following search returns documents where the user field contains a term that begins with ki and ends with y. These matching terms can include kiy, kity, or kimchy.

GET /_search
    "query": {
        "wildcard": {
            "user": {
                "value": "ki*y",
                "boost": 1.0,
                "rewrite": "constant_score"

Top-level parameters for wildcardedit

(Required, object) Field you wish to search.

Parameters for <field>edit


(Required, string) Wildcard pattern for terms you wish to find in the provided <field>.

This parameter supports two wildcard operators:

  • ?, which matches any single character
  • *, which can match zero or more characters, including an empty one

Avoid beginning patterns with * or ?. This can increase the iterations needed to find matching terms and slow search performance.


(Optional, float) Floating point number used to decrease or increase the relevance scores of a query. Defaults to 1.0.

You can use the boost parameter to adjust relevance scores for searches containing two or more queries.

Boost values are relative to the default value of 1.0. A boost value between 0 and 1.0 decreases the relevance score. A value greater than 1.0 increases the relevance score.

(Optional, string) Method used to rewrite the query. For valid values and more information, see the rewrite parameter.