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Looker documentation will be moving to cloud.google.com in mid-2022!
All the information you rely on will be migrated and all docs.looker.com URLs will be redirected to the appropriate page.
Looker 22 release highlights

Looker 22.10

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Expected
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Monday
June 13th
2022
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Expected final
deployment and
download available
Thursday
June 23rd
2022

Potentially breaking changes

Check out these potentially breaking changes! Depending on which features or configurations you have implemented, all, some, or none of these changes may apply to your instance.

There are no breaking changes with Looker version 22.10

Table Column Ordering

Manual column ordering is now respected in downloads for most cases.

Manual column ordering in table visualizations is now respected in most cases for downloaded data when With visualization options applied is selected in the download pop-up. Some exceptions apply: see the Downloading content page for more information.

Looker 22.8

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Expected
rollout
start
Monday
May 16th
2022
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Expected final
deployment and
download available
Thursday
May 26th
2022

Potentially breaking changes

Check out these potentially breaking changes! Depending on which features or configurations you have implemented, all, some, or none of these changes may apply to your instance.

Beginning with Looker 22.8, Looker Legacy Encryption is no longer supported. Instances must be migrated to GCM Encryption prior to upgrade. AES-256 Galois/Counter Mode (GCM) encryption is now the default for customer-hosted installations. Admins of new customer-hosted installations will have to generate an encryption key before installing the Looker application.

Forecasting

A new Labs feature lets users automatically project a forecast on top of their Explore data.

The Forecasting Labs feature, which lets users add data projections to new or existing Explore queries to help users predict and monitor specific data points, is now enabled by default in preparation for general availability.

Looker 22.6

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Expected
rollout
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Monday
April 18th
2022
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Expected final
deployment and
download available
Thursday
April 28th
2022

Potentially breaking changes

Check out these potentially breaking changes! Depending on which features or configurations you have implemented, all, some, or none of these changes may apply to your instance.
  • AES-256 Galois/Counter Mode (GCM) encryption is now the default for customer-hosted installations. New customer-hosted installations will have to generate an encryption key before installing the Looker application. Looker Legacy Encryption will no longer be supported starting in Looker 22.8. Instances must be migrated to GCM Encryption prior to upgrade.

  • A new legacy feature, Legacy LookML Runtime, disables New LookML Runtime by default for all LookML projects. Can be overwritten by adding the new_lookml_runtime LookML parameter to a LookML project’s manifest file. The legacy feature will be removed starting in Looker 22.20.

  • A new legacy feature, Legacy Hosted Action Hub, allows all hosted action requests to instead use the Legacy Hosted Action Hub. The legacy feature will be removed starting in Looker 22.12.

Enhanced Action Hub is now GA

The Enhanced Action Hub Service offers improved reliability, performance, and scalability.
  • New actions offer integrations for sending data from Looker to Salesforce and Facebook for better targeting. With the Salesforce Campaigns Action, customers can send custom lists of leads or contacts from Looker to populate new or existing campaigns within Salesforce.
  • With the Facebook Custom Audiences Action, customers can use their first-party data within Looker to create, update, or replace customer lists in Facebook Custom Audiences.

New LookML Runtime

New LookML Runtime improves speed and performance.
new_lookml_runtime: yes
  • Offers faster LookML and content validation, more performant loading of Explores and dashboards, and faster SQL query writing.
  • Enabled by default. Can be disabled at the project level with the new_lookml_runtime LookML parameter, or at the instance level with the Legacy LookML Runtime legacy feature.

First Time User Experience

We’ve created an onboarding walkthrough for first-time users.
  • Admins logging in to new trial Looker instances for the first time will see guidance in the UI to help set up their instance and to connect to and explore their data.
  • These guides will show up only for new instances whose locale/language is set to English, starting with Looker 22.6.

Looker Marketplace

The updated Looker Marketplace offers an improved experience.

Looker Marketplace now offers improved performance and installation reliability.

PDT dependency graphs in a new tab

Lets users open PDT dependency graphs in a new tab from the PDT details modal.

Looker 22.4

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rollout
start
Monday
March 14th
2022
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Expected final
deployment and
download available
Wednesday
March 30th
2022

Potentially breaking changes

Check out these potentially breaking changes! Depending on which features or configurations you have implemented, all, some, or none of these changes may apply to your instance.
  • Customers on Looker 22.4 need to update their mobile app version to the latest Looker mobile version (v1.2.3) to continue using Looker on iOS mobile devices.
  • Filenames in a LookML project can no longer contain a % character. Existing files that contain % characters will display an error and a tooltip explaining why the files need to be renamed to remove the character.

API 4.0

The new Looker API 4.0 is now GA.
  • This generally available Looker API version has multiple breaking and additive changes that promote multiple endpoints from beta to stable. Read more about these changes in this document.
  • The Looker API 3.1 and 3.0 versions are unaffected.
  • Looker and community-supported SDKs will be updated to support Looker API 4.0 GA endpoints.

Custom fields permission

Looker is introducing a standalone permission for custom fields used in Explores: create_custom_fields.
  • Grants users the specific permission to create and use custom fields in Explores.
  • Separates a user’s ability to create custom fields from the user’s ability to create table calculations.

Looker 22.2

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Expected
rollout
start
Monday
February 15th
2022
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Expected final
deployment and
download available
Thursday
February 24th
2022

Potentially breaking changes

Check out these potentially breaking changes! Depending on which features or configurations you have implemented, all, some, or none of these changes may apply to your instance.
  • Errors that occur before any data is streamed will now be injected into XLSX downloads.
  • When a table chart column is resized, the content of the header row automatically wraps to multiple lines, if necessary, so the content is clearly readable. This can be configured with the new Truncate Column Names table chart option.

Organize LookML dashboards in folders

We’ve introduced the ability to add LookML dashboards to folders.
  • Lets users move LookML dashboards into folders other than the LookML Dashboards folder.
  • Brings parity to how user-defined dashboards can be organized.
  • Lets users place better access controls on LookML dashboards.

Looker 22.0

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Expected
rollout
start
Tuesday
January 18th
2022
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Expected final
deployment and
download available
Thursday
January 27th
2022

Potentially breaking changes

Check out these potentially breaking changes! Depending on which features or configurations you have implemented, all, some, or none of these changes may apply to your instance.
  • PrestoSQL and Trino now default to set SSLVerification=NONE (if Verify SSL is not set) or set SSLVerification=FULL (if Verify SSL is set). If you set your own value for SSLVerification, that value will be used.

  • Support access is disabled by default for all instances. Customers must use an allowlist to grant specific people access to their instance.

  • The following JDBC drivers have been updated: Firebolt (v.1.21), Microsoft SQL Server (v.9.4), Databricks Spark (v.2.6.21.1039), and Amazon Athena (v.2.0.25.1001).

  • Popular fields are no longer displayed in the field picker search bar. Admins can enable a legacy feature, Popular fields in explore search, to restore the Popular Fields drop-down to Explore searches. The legacy feature will be removed starting in Looker 22.20.

  • A new legacy feature, Allow double click to select text in textarea in Table Visualizations, allows users to double-click on table cell values to manually select text. The legacy feature will be removed starting in Looker 22.20.

  • A new legacy feature, Save as Look keyboard shortcut, allows users to save as Looks by using a keyboard shortcut. The legacy feature will be removed starting in Looker 22.14.

Dashboards updates

The Looker default dashboard experience has been improved.
  • A new save flow that is available from the Explore page lets users include filters that are on the first query they save to a dashboard as dashboard filters.

  • Dashboard creators can now create dashboard filters on fields from Explores that are not present on the dashboard by turning on the Advanced toggle in the filter creation flow.

PDTs “at a glance”

The new At a Glance section on the PDT Admin page lets you quickly view key PDT monitoring information.

A new At a glance section on the PDT Admin page provides key PDT monitoring information in a condensed format.

Labs features updates

We’ve introduced a new Labs feature and updated some existing Labs features.

An admin user can enable the Enhanced Action Hub Service Labs feature to improve reliability and performance of the Looker Action Hub.

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