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Intro to Explore

Explore lets you monitor your logs, metrics, and traces in one unified dashboard. It offers a quick and easy way to identify and debug issues quickly and effectively.

Enable the new Explore dashboard by navigating to Settings and toggling the Explore option. This will add the icon to your navigation menu, and you can access the Explore dashboard with a single click.

Explore Dashboards Overview

Explore is designed to investigate and analyze massive volumes of data quickly and easily. Use filters or the auto-complete syntax tool to find the logs you need, and drill into them using the quick view panel.

Explore dashboard

1. Smart Search / Lucene

Smart Search is the default query option, offering an intuitive experience with auto-complete functionality. It streamlines your search process and enables faster access to data.

Start typing to see all of the available fields you can use in your query. Select the operator you want to apply, and the available values will appear.

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To add a value that doesn't appear in your logs, type its name and click on the + sign.

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Click on the dropdown menu to switch between Smart Search and Lucene query-based search.

2. Filters

Filters make it easy to refine and narrow your search. First, select the accounts you want to filter. Then, click on a field to see its available parameters. Choose the values you want to include in your view, or uncheck them to remove them. You can use the search bar to quickly find specific fields.

Special fields are located at the top of the list. These fields cannot be filtered but can be added to the table or used as a field exists filter.

Additionally, you can pin up to three custom fields to the top of the list by hovering over them and clicking the star icon.

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3. Graph View

Visualize trends over time and group data based on your preferred categories. Hover over the graph for additional details about each data point.

Use the arrow button at the top right of the chart to minimize or expand the graph view.

4. Observability IQ Assistant

Click the ✨ icon to activate Observability IQ Assistant, an AI-powered, chat-based interface that lets you engage in a dynamic conversation with your data. Use one of the pre-configured prompts or type your own question to get real-time insights about your metrics, anomalies, trends, and the overall health of your environment.

Observability IQ Assistant

5. Choose Time Frame

The default time frame in Explore is the last 15 minutes.

You can select a custom time frame by clicking on the data element and choosing what’s relevant for your overview or investigation.

6. Group By

The default graph view is set to group by all fields, but you can choose specific fields to focus on from the dropdown menu.

Smart Search group by

7. Table Density

Click the 1L button to change the table view. Selecting 1 Line provides a compact view, 2 Lines displays two lines from the logs, and Expanded offers a full log view, presenting all relevant data for easier viewing.

Expand view

8. Logs Table

Use the Logs Table to view and analyze logs. Access relevant logs and their details quickly, and customize the table by adding or removing columns.

Click the arrow to extand your log view. You can click on each field or value to open a dedicated menu that will let you:

  • Add the field to your table
  • Copy the value
  • Add field to log table
  • Group by field in graph
  • Exclude the value from your view

Smart Search menu

Quick View

Dive deeper into your logs with Quick View, designed to provide comprehensive insights at a glance. Click anywhere inside a log line to open the quick view. The detailed view provides additional info and context for each log, to help you easily identify critical information. Depending on your preferences, you can switch between the log table and JSON view.

Explore quick view