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hidden (for Explores)

This page refers to the hidden parameter that is part of an Explore.

hidden can also be used as part of a field, described on this documentation page.

Usage

explore: explore_name {
  hidden: yes
}

Hierarchy

hidden

Default Value

yes

Accepts

A Boolean (yes or no)

Definition

hidden enables you to hide an Explore from the Explore menu. By default, hidden is off and the Explore will be displayed.

Examples

Hide the Order Explore from the Explore menu:

explore: order { hidden: yes }

Common Challenges

hidden Does Not Hide LookML or Prevent Explore Access Via the URL

Depending upon permissions, some business users are able to see LookML. Even if an Explore is hidden from the Explore menu, such business users will be able to see its existence in the LookML.

Additionally, a business user would be able to gain access to the Explore if they were savvy enough to manually modify the URL.

For these reasons, hidden is not meant as a security feature, but rather as a presentation feature.

Things to Know

hidden Is Useful for Dashboard-Only Explores

It may initially seem odd to create an Explore and then prevent business users from accessing it. The most common use case for hidden is to create Explores that are only used to populate specific dashboard tiles, but are otherwise uninteresting for exploration.

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