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System Activity Pages

The System Activity section of Looker’s Admin menu is a Labs feature that, when enabled, displays Looker-created dashboards showing usage and performance information about the Looker instance. You can download, schedule, set alerts, and drill into metrics and elements just like on any other dashboard. Data in the System Activity dashboards is updated and cached every 12 hours.

Starting in Looker 7.2, to avoid impacting Looker performance while System Activity is in beta, System Activity dashboards and Explores are restricted in the number of concurrent queries that can be run. This restriction may increase loading times for System Activity dashboards and Explores.

Before enabling System Activity on a customer-hosted Looker deployment with MySQL backend, verify that you have properly set up the user for the backend database. Specifically, you must perform the step to grant all on looker_tmp.* to '<DB_username>'@'%'; before enabling the System Activity feature. See the procedure on the Migrating the Looker Backend Database to MySQL documentation page.

Because the permission to send or schedule content to email destinations is model specific, to send or schedule System Activity dashboards to email destinations users must have All models selected in the Model Set specified for their role.

The System Activity dashboards are:

All System Activity dashboards will display when the System Activity Model feature is enabled in Labs.

Chat Team Tip: Time-based data in System Activity is stored in the Looker System time zone. See the Using Time Zone Settings documentation page for more information.

User Activity Dashboard

The User Activity dashboard shows information about your users and their usage of your Looker instance:

The User Activity dashboard includes tiles showing:

Content Activity Dashboard

The Content Activity dashboard shows information about which dashboards, Looks, and Explores are being viewed and scheduled on your Looker instance:

The Content Activity dashboard includes tiles showing:

Database Performance Dashboard

The Database Performance dashboard shows information about the performance of content and PDTs on your Looker instance, including the total and average runtimes of queries and PDTs, and lists and number of query errors and PDT build failures:

The Database Performance dashboard includes tiles showing:

Instance Performance Dashboard

The Instance Performance dashboard shows information about the load and performance of the scheduler and performance-intensive content:

The Instance Performance dashboard includes tiles showing:

Errors and Broken Content Dashboard

The Errors and Broken Content dashboard shows dashboards, Looks, schedules, and PDTs that produce errors, and numbers of errors for each query source:

The Errors and Broken Content dashboard includes tiles showing: