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Create search-based visualizations with ds.search

The data source type ds.search is used for ad hoc searches that you create in the visual editor. If you want to use a saved search, see Use reports and saved searches with ds.savedSearch.

You can specify the time range for your data sources using either the Dashboard Studio UI or by directly updating the source code.

When editing a data source with the UI, you can choose to use the following:

  • Any time range input on the page.
  • A static time range. For example, the last seven days, regardless of other input selections.
  • The dashboard default.

When editing the data source in the source code, the ds.search data source is assigned a unique ID when you create a search string in the Configuration panel. You can find the associated source code stanza by locating the unique ID. The stanza contains the data source type and any options you have made available.

The only option that must return events is the query option, which is an SPL search.

For example, the following data source uses the search

index=_internal | head 500

to return results that can be displayed by adding the ID of the data source, "ds_BCsearch", to a visualization module as its primary data source.

{
"dataSources": {
	"ds_BCsearch": {
		"type": "ds.search",
		"options": {
			"query": "index=_internal | head 500",
			"queryParameters": {
				"earliest": "0",
				"latest": "now"
			}
               }
     }

The following is an example of a visualization using ds_BCsearch as the primary dataSource .

{
"visualizations": {
	"viz_AHAavFGS": {
		"type": "splunk.table",
		"options": {
			"backgroundColor": "#0000FF",
                               "fontColor": "#0000FF"
		},
		"dataSources": {
			"primary": "ds_BCsearch"
		}
	} 

The visualization must also appear in the layout. The following is a complete dashboard example using the two stanzas above.


{
"dataSources": {
	"BCsearch": {
		"type": "ds.search",
		"options": {
			"query": "index=_internal | head 500",
			"queryParameters": {
				"earliest": "0",
				"latest": ""
			}
		}
	}
},
"visualizations": {
	"viz_Example": {
		"type": "viz.table",
		"options": {},
		"dataSources": {
			"primary": "BCsearch"
		}
	}
},
"inputs": {},
"layout": {
	"globalInputs": [],
	"type": "absolute",
	"options": {
		"width": 1801
	},
	"structure": [
		{
			"item": "viz_Example",
			"type": "block",
			"position": {
				"x": 10,
				"y": 50,
				"w": 1270,
				"h": 600
			}
		}
	]
},
"description": "",
"title": "Example",
"defaults": {
	"visualizations": {
		"global": {
			"showLastUpdated": true
		  }
	    }
       }
}


The resulting table visualization looks similar to this:

A table visualization using a search based data source.

If you are using lookups in your search, make sure the lookup permissions are set to "global".

Last modified on 12 March, 2022
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk Cloud Platform: 8.2.2107, 8.2.2109, 8.2.2111, 8.2.2112


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