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What's New for Browsing and Exploring

We roll out new cool features every month. Come to this page to see the list of changes for the Browse and Explore sections of Looker.

Looker admins and developers should also view our official release notes page.

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Looker 5.18

Notable Features

Password Configuration Options

It is now possible for your Looker admin to specify a minimum password length, require special characters, and require locally-configured users to reset old, less-secure passwords.

Features by Section

User Accounts

Dashboards and Visualizations

Looker 5.16

Features by Section

Integrated Services

Scheduling and Downloading

Security

Content Management and Discoverability

Dashboards, Visualizations, and Explore

Looker 5.14

Notable Features

Data Privacy and Compliance Features

In Looker 5.14 we’re changing the way we handle privacy with a new suite of features designed to protect our users’ data and to make it easy for you to do the same. Email subscriptions are now managed in the Preference Center rather than on users’ Account page. Also, your Looker Admin may have Looker show you a “Cookie Notification Banner” to comply with new EU GDPR requirements.

New and Improved Scheduling

We’re introducing a brand-new scheduling window designed to make scheduling your Looker content even easier and more intuitive than before! Basic, common settings are presented in an image-rich format for quick navigation, while more advanced settings are now hidden in a special advanced settings menu geared toward administrators and technical users.

Experimental Custom Fields

Create dimensions and measures in real time with Looker’s new experimental Custom Fields Labs feature. Designed to be a solution for non-developers who need a new field fast, Custom Fields use table calculation syntax to create fields that are groupable, sortable, and pivotable for even easier deep data dives. Your Looker admin might enable this feature and give you access. Since it is an experimental feature, the Custom Fields feature may be changed or removed from the product in the future. See more information on this page.

Features by Section

General

Dashboards, Visualizations, and Exploration

Scheduling and Downloading

General Tweaks and Bug Fixes

Looker 5.12

Looker 5.12 focused on technical improvements that are not directly visible to business users.

Looker 5.10

Notable Features

Navigate Schedules by User

Can’t remember where everything you scheduled is? Don’t fret! All users with the schedule permission are now able to view, navigate, and edit their schedules from one place. Please note that this feature lists schedules by the user who owns the schedule, not users who receive the schedule.

Features by Section

Content Management and Discoverability

Scheduling and Downloading

Looker 5.8

Looker 5.8 focused on technical improvements that are not directly visible to business users.

Looker 5.6

Notable Features

Content Sidebar Customized by Your Company

If enabled by your Looker admin, you will see a “From Your Company” content sidebar on the Looker Home page. Your Looker admin can customize the sidebar with information, images, and links.

Schedule Dashboards as .zip

Users are now able to schedule dashboards to email as a .zip file. When this option is selected, each tile on the given dashboard will appear as an individual .csv file inside the .zip file.

Features by Section

Content Management and Discoverability

Scheduling and Downloading

General Tweaks

Looker 5.4

Features by Section

Content Management and Discoverability

Dashboards and Visualizations

Scheduling and Downloading

General Tweaks

Looker 5.2

Notable Features

Field-by-field Conditional Formatting

Sometimes one rule can’t govern it all. For these cases you can now set conditional formatting rules for each series on table visualizations, increasing flexibility and allowing for more sophisticated identification.

Improved Dashboard Tiles

Dashboard tiles also got more flexible in Looker 5.2, allowing you to customize further and clean up your Spaces by converting dashboard-specific Looks to tiles. You can now duplicate a dashboard’s tile to quickly iterate, hide an element’s title when not necessary, and convert whole Look-based dashboards to tile-based ones.

Features by Section

Dashboards and Visualizations

Content Management and Discoverability

Scheduling and Downloading

General Tweaks

Looker 5.0

Notable Features

Lookless Dashboards

Dashboards no longer have to be tied to existing content, but instead can be made of tiles which can be built directly on the dashboard. If a Look exists only to populate a dashboard you can replace it with a tile that lives on the dashboard rather than in Spaces, simplifying your content system.

Landing Page

A new way to find what matters most to you! Looker 5.0 introduces a new landing page with highlighted favorited and suggested Looks and dashboards, providing a launching point for new users and surfacing content you might have overlooked. Your Looker Admin can choose to enable this or may choose to wait until it is officially released. This is currently an experimental Labs feature,so you can bank on fun new additions in the future.

Features by Section

Content Management and Discoverability

Scheduling and Downloading

Dashboards and Visualizations

Looker 4.22

Notable Features

Required Filters for Dashboards

You can now require a Filter value to exist before a dashboard can be run by any user. Ever forget to add a filter on a lookup dashboard or a time period on your company performance dashboard and had to wait for all the unneeded computations to complete before realizing where you went wrong? Maybe you just got unexpected results? No more!

Send Once for Explores

Just send it! Instead of building and saving a Look just to email a quick exploration to your colleagues or yourself for record keeping, you can now send an email, S3, SFTP, or webhook directly from the Explore page. Keep your Spaces clean by saving only the Looks you want to come back to again and again.

Browse Menu Navigation

Now you can quickly jump to your default Space, your personal one, or your organization’s top-level Shared Space right from the navigation bar. Favorited and popular content are also at your finger tips, avoiding the need to wait for each page to load as you navigate through Spaces.

Features by Section

Dashboards and Visualizations

Content Management and Discoverability

Scheduling and Downloading

Looker 4.20

Notable Features

Send Looks and Dashboards When Your ETL Completes

No need to guess when your ETL will complete when figuring out when to send Looks and dashboards. Schedule content to send when a Datagroup completes, guaranteeing that you get the freshest results regardless of how long it takes to burn through your ETL pipeline.

Features by Section

Scheduling and Downloading

General Tweaks

Looker 4.18

Features by Section

Scheduling and Downloading

Dashboards and Visualizations

Spaces and Content Management

Looker 4.16

Notable Features

Download from Table Visualizations

Ever wanted to rename field headers before exporting data from Looker? How about hide columns that were included to help you build a table calculation? You can now download from a table visualization rather than from the results table. This will let you apply most of your table’s configurations to downloads, schedules, and public Looks. Conditional formatting and custom colors are currently not applied.

Smarter Query Caching

Using datagroups you can tie query caching closer to your ETL timing. No need to estimate when your data load will finish and set a cache length that will hopefully not result in yesterday’s data. A datagroup will let you say “just don’t use a query’s result if it’s old data.” Simply define a persist_with scheme—some trigger that will change when your data load process is complete and an optional maximum life—rather than some period you’d like a query to persist_for.

Features by Section

Scheduling and Downloading

Dashboards

Explore

Content Management and Discoverability

General Tweaks

Looker 4.14

Notable Features

Single-Value Dashboard Filters

Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to filter on multiple values; your city lookup dashboard will look pretty crazy if you filter on New York and Santa Cruz. With dashboard filter customizations you can set a filter to allow just one value, forcing a match to a user-entered value or a User Attribute.

A Simplified System for Content Access

Introducing a streamlined set of content access rules, designed to make it easier to manage users’ experiences and exposure to Looks and dashboards. No need to sort through a web of model access, user permissions, and Space controls to determine what your users can see; simply use Space Access Controls to govern what folks can see.

Timeline Visualizations

Wondering when your users were active? How about what hours you’ve got support covered or when your warehouse staff is scheduled? The new Timeline visualization might be the choice for you!

Features by Section

Dashboards, Visualizations, and Explore

General

General Tweaks

Looker 4.12

Notable Features

Dashboard Creation and Editing Improvements

Looker 4.12 brings a host of tweaks to make creating, editing, and managing dashboards easier. Create a dashboard right from Spaces and add Looks or text elements using the slick new edit toolbar; no more fishing through the gear menu. Those text tiles you added now accept Markdown for formatted text and links. You can also grab the dashboard LookML associated with a Look-based dashboard for extra portability.

Percentiles and Medians

Take on meatier analysis with built-in median measures! Rather than hoping your SQL dialect has a median function or settling for averages, you can now use the new median and percentile measure types (in both standard and distinct varieties).

Features by Section

Dashboards and Visualizations

Scheduling and Downloading

General Tweaks

Looker 4.10

Notable Features

Improved Y-Axes Controls

The y-axis configuration settings have been revamped, making Cartesian charts much more flexible. You can now combine any number of y-axes (or chose not to!), scale and format them independently, and split pivoted series across axes. Happy creating!

Features by Section

Dashboards and Visualizations

General Tweaks

Looker 4.8

Notable Features

Conditional Formatting

Make the results that matter pop! Table visualizations now sport a Conditional Formatting labs feature; use it to specify rules that color values that are low, high, or otherwise of interest.

Filterable Dashboard Schedules

Dashboard schedules can now each have their own filter values, letting you customize results for your recipients. Send regional teams results filtered for their territories of interest and filter weekly, quarterly, and annual reports independently. Use a single dashboard to manage your scheduling needs!

Features by Section

Scheduling and Downloading

Dashboards and Visualizations

General

Content Management and Discoverability

General Tweaks

Looker 4.6

Notable Features

Parameterized Content

Simplify monitoring, alerting, and updating users by tying dashboard and Look filters to User attributes. A single dashboard can be tailored for each of your sales representatives based on names from your CRM or sales region. Update engineers and product managers on open issues based on assignee from your issue tracking service or routinely update your support team on their individual issues needing follow up.

Multiple Schedules per Piece of Content

Dashboards and Looks can now have several unique schedules, letting you schedule the same piece of content at different intervals or to different recipient lists. Send reports daily or weekly based on need or to different regional groups to ensure they’re received during business hours. You may even want to schedule visualizations to your team and CSVs to a webhook, S3, or SFTP for safe keeping.

Features by Section

Scheduling and Downloading

Dashboards and Visualizations

Content Management and Discoverability

Looker 4.4

Notable Features

User Attributes

Administrators can curate the Looker experience by dynamically modifying interactions with User Attributes. Administrators can assign values to Users and Groups and subsequently reference those values throughout the Looker platform to tailor interactions for each User. This includes assigning attributes such as a sales region or credentials to some outside services.

We’re starting with User Attributes to let administrators and developers to set User- or Group-specific Data Actions or database Connections, enabling users to do things like update issue tracking software right from Looker.

Features by Section

Looker Platform and Administration

Scheduling and Downloading

Content Management and Discoverability

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