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String templates in expressions

A string template is a string literal that includes one or more embedded expressions. Use string templates when you want a more readable result for your formatted strings.

When a string template is resolved, the embedded expressions are replaced by the string representations of the expression results.

For more information about string literals and expressions, see Types of expressions.


The syntax for an embedded expression starts with the dollar sign ( $ ) and uses curly braces { } to enclose the expression. For example: ${expression}.

Examples using field names in string templates

Consider the following data:

status host action
200 www1 purchase
200 www2 purchase
200 www1 addtocart
200 www2 purchase
400 www1
400 www1 purchase
400 www1 addtocart
403 www2 changequantity
404 www1 view
404 www1 purchase
404 www2 changequantity
404 www3 purchase

The following search contains a string template with two expressions, ${status} and ${action}, with a string literal, with, between the expressions. The entire string literal must be enclosed in double quotation marks.

... | stats pivot("${status} with ${action}",count())

The results look like this:

Single Value
{"200 with addtocart":1,"200 with purchase":3,"400 with Null":1,"400 with addtocart":1,"400 with purchase":1,"403 with changequantity":1,"404 with changequantity":1,"404 with purchase":2,"404 with view":1}

Here's another example:

... | eval status_info="${host} with action ${action} returned ${status}"

The results look something like this:

action host status status_info
purchase www1 200 www1 with action purchase returned 200
purchase www2 200 www2 with action purchase returned 200
addtocart www1 200 www1 with action addtocart returned 200
purchase www2 200 www2 with action purchase returned 200
www1 400 www1 with action Null returned 400

Examples using functions in string templates

You can specify functions in string template expressions.

Suppose you have fields that contain low and high values, such as those in the following table:

day low high
sun -3 18
mon -4 15
tue -4 -1
wed 8 23
thu 10 30
fri 13 32
sat 9 21

You want to calculate the difference between the values and return the result as an absolute value. Here is an example using a string template with an eval command:

...| eval difference="Diff between ${low} and ${high} is ${abs(high - low)}"

The results look like this:

day difference high low
sun Diff between -3 and 18 is 21 18 -3
mon Diff between -4 and 15 is 19 15 -4
tue Diff between -4 and -1 is 3 -1 -4
wed Diff between 8 and 23 is 15 23 8
thu Diff between 10 and 30 is 20 30 10
fri Diff between 13 and 32 is 19 32 13
sat Diff between 9 and 21 is 12 21 9

You can also use string templates in the SELECT clause of the from command. For example, this search includes the avg function in a string template:

SELECT "Average: ${avg(price)}" as average_price_string FROM …

See also

Last modified on 04 August, 2022
Access expressions for arrays and objects   Field templates in expressions

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Cloud Services: current

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