From within Looker, you can grab any one of a series of URLs with which other Looker users or users outside your Looker instance can open a query or Look. To send data from Looker to other destinations outside Looker, you can publish a Look with a public URL and then send and share the URL through one of the methods described on this page.
Sharing the URL
After you’ve run a query, you can share the query’s URL with another Looker user. They will arrive at the same report and visualization, if any.
When sharing URLs, keep the following things in mind:
- When you share a URL with someone, you are sharing the query, not the actual data. This means that the data could change between the time you pull a report and the time your colleague pulls a report. For example, if you set up a report to look at “today,” the data might change if the user accesses the URL the day after you send it.
- The URLs never expire and can’t be revoked. However, since the link works only for someone who has access to your Looker instance and that data, sending a link should not cause a security concern.
The easiest way to share a URL is to simply copy it from your browser and then share it:
Sometimes it’s easier to share a shorter URL when you want to direct a colleague to your report. To do so, click the gear drop-down near the upper right of the page, select Share, and then copy the Short URL:
The Share URLs window also provides the Expanded URL option. An expanded URL shows all the details for the query, including fields and filters. This information can be useful for developers who want to modify a parameterized URL. This is often useful in a custom LookML field or an external tool.