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Legacy features

Looker will occasionally make updates to product design and functionality that render an existing feature’s functionality obsolete. In some cases, the feature may be designated as a legacy feature — a feature that remains backward compatible for existing workflows. A legacy feature provides the option for existing users to continue to use the feature’s functionality. When a legacy feature is enabled, the Looker instance cannot support the old and new functionality simultaneously.

After you learn about a new legacy feature, you should start planning to migrate to the new functionality before you disable the legacy feature.

See the Legacy feature schedule section on this page for version information about when each legacy feature is introduced, disabled, and removed from Looker.

Learning about new legacy features

Looker announces new legacy features in the release notes. The Current legacy features table on this page provides a timeline showing when current legacy features will be disabled and formally removed from the Looker product. See the Previously removed legacy features table on this page for Information about legacy features that have already been removed from Looker.

Enabling and disabling legacy features

New features that replace legacy features are often simpler, more reliable, more performant, and/or more useful than the features they replace. To take advantage of the improved functionality of a new feature that replaces a legacy feature, migrate away from the legacy feature. Once that transition is complete, a Looker admin can disable the legacy feature on the Legacy Features page in the Admin panel.

The Legacy Features page appears in the Admin panel only if there are legacy features available for that Looker instance. The number located next to the Legacy Features admin menu item indicates the number of legacy features that are enabled.

When Looker is updated, some legacy features are enabled by default, which means that the old feature is still active. When you’re ready to move to the new feature, you can turn the legacy feature off.

If your Looker instance was created after a legacy feature was removed, that feature won’t appear on the Legacy Features page and admins won’t be able to turn it on. The Legacy Features page won’t appear in the Admin panel if there are no legacy features available to your instance for your current Looker release.

If you update your instance to a version in which a legacy feature is disabled by default, your instance will use the new feature behavior automatically.

Migrating away from legacy features

Eventually, all legacy features are removed from Looker, so Looker strongly recommends moving away from their use. Start planning your migration as early as possible to avoid disruptions to your workflows.

Planning your migration

Looker announces new legacy features in the release notes. When needed, Looker provides transition guidelines for migrating away from legacy features. The Legacy feature schedule on this page provides a timeline that shows when current legacy features have been or will be formally removed from the Looker product. The schedule also notes when the features will be disabled by default.

Leave the legacy feature enabled while you implement any necessary transition guidelines. Once these guidelines have been implemented, disable the legacy feature. Be mindful of migrating away from the legacy feature before updating your Looker instance to the version in which the legacy feature is disabled by default. If you have any issues implementing the improved replacement feature, open a support request in Looker’s Help Center by clicking Contact Us.

Legacy feature schedule

Current legacy features

Legacy Feature Description Introduced Disabled Removed Status Resources
Add Looks to dashboards Allows users to add Looks to a dashboard from the dashboard edit mode. This functionality will be replaced with other saved content options in the future. 21.12 21.12 22.12 (July 2022) Active Adding saved content to dashboards
Require Authentication to Retrieve API Specifications Requires authentication to retrieve API specifications, or to view API documentation via the legacy API Docs page. 21.14 21.18 21.22 (December 2021) Active
Legacy Value Formatting Enables legacy value formatting. Legacy value formatting is less performant but may resolve unknown differences from current value formatting. 21.4 21.4 21.22 (December 2021) Active
Legacy Query Streaming Enables legacy query streaming. Legacy query streaming is less performant but may resolve unknown differences from the new streamers. 21.8 21.8 21.22 (December 2021) Active
Revert to Legacy Dashboards Allows users to revert dashboards to the legacy dashboard layout, look, and feel. This does not affect any previously created content. 7.18 21.0 21.18 (October 2021) Active Transition Guidelines
Revert to Legacy Explore Field Picker Enables legacy style field picker in the Explore page. This removes the smarter search, option to quick start from modeled queries, easy view and management of selected fields, and some user experience improvements. 21.12 21.12 21.16 (September 2021) Active
Syntax Tolerant Liquid Adjusts the level of errors exposed by the new Liquid parser. When switched on, this feature ensures that all errors are categorized as informational. When switched off, the feature ensures that all errors are categorized as warnings. 21.6 21.14 21.20 (October 2021) Active Looker Liquid Syntax Parser
Save to shared space with external_group_id Allows SSO embed users to save to a shared folder when their external_group_id is set. Otherwise they must be granted the embed_save_shared_space SSO permission. 21.4 21.16 21.20 (November 2021) Active
Legacy Branding When enabled, the Looker product will use legacy Looker brand colors and fonts instead of Google brand colors and fonts. 7.18 7.20 21.18 (October 2021) Active

Previously removed legacy features

Legacy Feature Introduced Disabled Removed Status Resources
Old field chooser 3.18 3.38 Removed in Looker 3.38
Field labels can override view label 3.16 3.44 3.46 Removed in Looker 3.46 Transition Guidelines
Leading period in field names 3.16 3.44 3.46 Removed in Looker 3.46 Transition Guidelines
Uppercase labels in download and chart configurations 3.16 3.44 3.46 Removed in Looker 3.46 Transition Guidelines
Send email from looker@looker.com 3.32 3.44 3.46 Removed in Looker 3.46 Transition Guidelines
Default Redshift PDT distribution style EVEN 3.36 3.44 3.46 Removed in Looker 3.46 Transition Guidelines
$$ substitution 3.46 3.48 3.50 Removed in Looker 3.50 Transition Guidelines
Joins declared in views 3.46 3.48 3.50 Removed in Looker 3.52 Transition Guidelines
LookML “scoping” parameter 3.46 3.48 3.50 Removed in Looker 3.52 Transition Guidelines
Legacy drill behavior 3.42 4.8 4.22 Removed in Looker 4.22 Transition Guidelines
Add unscoped field name alias 3.52 3.54 3.56 Removed in Looker 4.6 Transition Guidelines
Unsafe Liquid functions 3.48 4.20 5.0 Removed in Looker 5.0 Transition Guidelines
Non-symmetric aggregates 3.16 4.20 5.0 Removed in Looker 5.0 Transition Guidelines
Row limit only 3.16 4.20 5.0 Removed in Looker 5.0 Transition Guidelines
LookML decimals parameter and int field type 3.38 5.0 5.4 Removed in Looker 5.4 Transition Guidelines
Deprecated LookML parameters 3.16 5.0 5.4 Removed in Looker 5.4 Transition Guidelines
Legacy Oracle security settings 3.50 5.0 5.4 Removed in Looker 5.4 Transition Guidelines
Single row table headers 3.52 5.0 5.4 Removed in Looker 5.4 Transition Guidelines
JSON numbers as strings 3.52 4.0 & 5.0 5.4 Removed in Looker 5.4 Transition Guidelines
Coerce dimensions to measures 3.54 5.0 5.4 Removed in Looker 5.4
Default query result persistence is five minutes 4.2 5.0 5.4 Removed in Looker 5.4
YAML-based LookML for modeling 4.4 4.10 & 5.0 5.4 Removed in Looker 5.4 Transition Guidelines
Implicit dashboard default timezone 4.10 5.0 5.4 Removed in Looker 5.4 Transition Guidelines
Allow unlimited downloads that might crash Looker 4.14 5.0 5.4 Removed in Looker 5.4 Transition Guidelines
User-based dev mode 4.16 4.16 & 5.0 5.4 Removed in Looker 5.4 Transition Guidelines
Allow creating legacy API-only users 4.0 4.0 & 4.20 5.12 Removed in Looker 5.12 Transition Guidelines
Allow calling legacy query API 5.2 5.6 5.12 Removed in Looker 5.12 Transition Guidelines
Allow the access_filter_fields parameter 4.14 5.22 6.0 Removed in Looker 3.38 Transition Guidelines
Native derived tables convert dates and yesnos to strings 5.22 6.0 6.6 Removed in Looker 6.6 Transition Guidelines
Legacy visualizations 6.0 6.0 6.6 Removed in Looker 6.6 Transition Guidelines
Show full field name 6.8 6.8 6.12 Removed in Looker 6.12 Transition Guidelines
Legacy rendering 6.4 6.6 6.18 Extended from Looker 6.10 to Looker 6.18. Removed in 6.18. Transition Guidelines
Legacy .strings files for localization 7.2 7.8 7.12 Removed in Looker 7.12 Transition Guidelines
IDE Folders Toggle 7.0 7.10 7.12 Removed in Looker 7.12 Migrating to IDE Folders
Snowflake Unquoted Database Name 7.8 7.12 7.16 Removed in Looker 7.16 Snowflake connection documentation
Treat the Datatype Datetime as a Timestamp 7.14 7.20 21.4 Removed in Looker 21.4 datatype parameter documentation
Unsafe Custom Visualizations 7.20 21.6 21.6 Removed in Looker 21.6 Admin Settings – Visualizations documentation
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