Learn how to search for entities in the Wavefront UI.

Wavefront supports tags and a variety of search features to help you find exactly the information you need.

For a video demo, see Searching Content in Wavefront

Using Tags to Facilitate Searches

Tags allow you to flexibly manage and organize your Wavefront content.

  • Tag paths allow you to organize your content in hierarchies that best suit your particular use of Wavefront.
  • You can include content in multiple hierarchies to suit the needs of different groups of users.

We support several different types of tags that you can leverage when searching. See Organizing with Tags


All Wavefront browsers (All Dashboards, Alerts, Integrations, and so on) support a variety of search methods. You can search in the Search field at the top or in the faceted filter bar at the left.

Search Field

The search field at the top of every Wavefront browser page supports both autocomplete and search. The autocompleted entities include the browser object name, object properties, and other entities relevant to that object.

For example, in the All Dashboards browser page, searching returns a dropdown list that displays:

  • autocompleted sources and metrics queried in dashboards
  • dashboard names
  • tags containing the search string

You can select each item in the list individually. The dropdown list also contains links to searches for all tags and dashboard content containing the string. For example:

search auto

Search fields support multi-word searches. If you type cpu usage in any browser or autocompleted text field, the dropdown list of matching entities includes all entities containing one or more instances of both words in any order.

Filter Bar

In the filter bar on the left you search by selecting facets, such as State and Severity for alerts, and by typing in Search fields. Some facets one some pages have their own Search field to limit the displayed facet values. Most pages support the standard facets Tag Paths, Tags, and Updated By.

Saved Searches

Most filter bars contain a set of commonly used saved searches (e.g. Favorites, Last Updated, Recently Updated, My ) and you can save your own searches.

Once you press Return or Enter after typing a search string, the icons search icons display at the top right, allowing you to share a link to, save, and clear the search. Your saved searches appear below the commonly used searches, and have a dropdown menu for renaming, cloning, and deleting the search.

The following Alert browser filter demonstrates filtering alerts by the tag path Microservice.App4. This filters the view to show all alerts with the tag path MicroService.App4 and all its children (for example, MicroService.App4.Auth). Of the matching alerts, 1 is firing.

Tag path

Other Actions

The Wavefront UI supports several universal patterns for performing other types of actions on Wavefront entities beyond searching:

  • Tagging - After selecting entities, click the tag buttons to create, add, and remove tags.
  • Actions - Perform actions (clone, delete, edit, rename, etc.) on individual entities by clicking the three dots to the far left of the entity. Actions are different for different entities but might include Clone, Delete, or Test (for alerts). Here’s an example for the Actions menu for dashboards:

    dashboard clone

  • Trash - View deleted entities by clicking the trash toggle.