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Explore
The Explore functionality is a key feature of configure8 that allows users to "ask questions" of their infrastructure and get the answers they need. Explore allows users to create infrastructure queries without having to know any specific query language and then visualize their answers.

Working with Explorer

To view your queries, select Explore from the top line menu. There you will see the queries you have created.
Explore Summary View

Creating New Explorer query

To create a new query, click the + New Query button on the upper right side of the screen. Fill in the information and choose the main source of the data you want to look at. (You can change it later if you want to - or just create another query.)
New Explore Query
Now you can create your query and instantly see the results on the right side of the screen.
Explore Visualization

Creating Queries

There are two types of things you can do on a data source. You can define a Relationship Filter and Property Types. (Yes you can do more than one of each)

Relationship filter

Relationship filters connect different infrastructure sources together for you to query. For example, you might want to know all the services that use a certain environment (maybe it went down). You would create a Relationship filter between Services and Environments.
This table shows the different relationship filters that are possible.
Selected Datsource
Allowed Relationship Filters
Application
  • Service
Environment
  • Service
  • Resource
Person
  • Service
Service
  • Application
  • Service
  • Person
  • Environment
  • Resource
  • Repository
Resource
  • Environment
  • Service
  • Resource
Repository
  • Service
  • Library
  • Manifest
Library
  • Repository
Manifest
  • Repository
  • Library

Property Type

Property Types are filters on a particular data source. Using our example above, if you wanted to know the Services that use a QA environment, your data source would be Services. Then you would create a Relationship Filter with Environments and then you would add a Property Type to Environments asking for only ones that contain QA in the name.
Every data sources has different properties to filter on. The table below shows that list and what filters you can apply to them.
Data Source
Allowed Properties
Allowed Operators
Application
Name (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Description (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Tags
contains, not containing
Created Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Last Modified Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Environment
Name (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Description (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Tags
contains, not containing
Created Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Last Modified Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Person
Name (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Email (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Created Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Last Modified Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Service
Name (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Description (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Tags
contains, not containing
Languages
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Lifecycle
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Created Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Last Modified Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Resource
Name (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Description (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Tags
contains, not containing
Provider
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Resource Type
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Provider Account ID
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Location
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Details
contains, not containing
Created Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Last Modified Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Repository
Name (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
url (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Description (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Tags
contains, not containing
Provider
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Resource Type
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Provider Account ID
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Location
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Created Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Last Modified Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Library
Name (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Description (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Tags
contains, not containing
Provider
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Resource Type
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Provider Account ID
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Requirements
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Package Name
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Package Manager
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Package Label
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Created Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Last Modified Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Manifest
Name (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Description (text)
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Tags
contains, not containing
Provider
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Resource Type
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Provider Account ID
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Repository Path
equal, not(equal), contains, not containing, starting with, not starting with, ending with, not ending with
Total Dependencies
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Created Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
Last Modified Date
equal, not(equal), less than, less than or equal, greater than and greater than or equal
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Working with Explorer
Creating New Explorer query
Creating Queries