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Loads events or results of a previously completed search job. The artifacts to load are identified either by the search job id <sid> or a scheduled search name and the time range of the current search. If a saved search name is provided and multiple artifacts are found within that range, the latest artifacts are loaded.

You cannot run the loadjob command on real-time searches.


The required syntax is in bold.

| loadjob
(<sid> | <savedsearch>)

Required arguments

You must specify either sid or savedsearch.

Syntax: <string>
Description: The search ID of the job whose artifacts need to be loaded, for example: 1233886270.2. You can locate the sid through the Job Inspector or the addinfo command.
Syntax: savedsearch="<user-string>:<app-string>:<search-name-string>"
Description: The unique identifier of a saved search whose artifacts need to be loaded. A saved search is uniquely identified by the triplet {user, app, savedsearch name}, for example: savedsearch="admin:search:my Saved Search" There is no method to specify a wildcard or match-all behavior. All portions of the triplet must be provided.

Optional arguments

Syntax: artifact_offset=<int>
Description: Selects a search artifact other than the most recent matching one. For example, if artifact_offset=1, the second most recent artifact will be used. If artifact_offset=2, the third most recent artifact will be used. If artifact_offset=0, selects the most recent. A value that selects past all available artifacts will result in an error.
Default: 0
Syntax: job_delegate=<string>
Description: When specifying a saved search, this option selects jobs that were started by the given user. Scheduled jobs will be run by the delegate "scheduler". Dashboard-embedded searches are run in accordance with the saved search's dispatchAs parameter, typically the owner of the search.
Defaults: scheduler
Syntax: ignore_running=<bool>
Description: Skip over artifacts whose search is still running.
Default: true
Syntax: events=<bool>
Description: events=true loads events, while events=false loads results.
Default: false


The loadjob command is an event-generating command. See Command types.

Generating commands use a leading pipe character and should be the first command in a search.

The loadjob command can be used for a variety of purposes, but one of the most useful is to run a fairly expensive search that calculates statistics. You can use loadjob searches to display those statistics for further aggregation, categorization, field selection and other manipulations for charting and display.

After a search job has completed and the results are cached, you can use this command to access or load the results.

Search head clusters

A search head cluster can run the loadjob command only on scheduled saved searches. A search head cluster runs searches on results or artifacts that the search head cluster replicates.

For more information on artifact replication, see Search head clustering architecture in the Distributed Search manual.

Controlling truncation in search results

To improve the speed of searches, Splunk software truncates search results by default. If you want your search results to include full result sets and search performance is not a concern, you can use the read_final_results_from_timeliner setting in the limits.conf file to control whether results are truncated when running the loadjob command.

When read_final_results_from_timeliner is set to true, which is the default, the loadjob search returns the sample of the final results, not the full result set. For example, if the full result set is 10,000 results, the search might return only 1,000 results. When read_final_results_from_timeliner is set to false, the loadjob search returns the full set of search results. For example, if the full result set is 10,000 results, the search returns 10,000 results.

Splunk Cloud Platform

To change the read_final_results_from_timeliner setting in your limits.conf file, request help from Splunk Support. If you have a support contract, file a new case using the Splunk Support Portal at Support and Services. Otherwise, contact Splunk Customer Support.

Splunk Enterprise

To change the read_final_results_from_timeliner setting, follow these steps.


  • Only users with file system access, such as system administrators, can edit configuration files.
  • Review the steps in How to edit a configuration file in the Splunk Enterprise Admin Manual.

Never change or copy the configuration files in the default directory. The files in the default directory must remain intact and in their original location. Make changes to the files in the local directory.


  1. Open or create a local limits.conf file at $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/system/local.
  2. In the [search] stanza, add the line read_final_results_from_timeliner = true to truncate search results, or read_final_results_from_timeliner = false to output the full set of search results.


1. Load the results of a saved search

Loads the results of the latest scheduled execution of saved search MySavedSearch in the 'search' application owned by the user admin.

| loadjob savedsearch="admin:search:MySavedSearch"

2. Specifying a saved search with a space in the name

Loads the results of the latest scheduled execution of saved search Potential Threats in the 'search' application owned by the user maria.

| loadjob savedsearch="maria:search:Potential Threats"

3. Load the results from a specific search job

Loads the events that were generated by the search job with id=1233886270.2.

| loadjob 1233886270.2 events=true

See also

Related information
Manage search jobs
Last modified on 02 June, 2023
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk Cloud Platform: 8.2.2112, 8.2.2201, 8.2.2202, 9.0.2205, 8.2.2203, 9.0.2208, 9.0.2209, 9.0.2303, 9.0.2305, 9.1.2308 (latest FedRAMP release), 9.1.2312, 9.2.2403

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