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Derived Columns API

Derived columns allow you to run queries based on the value of an expression that is derived from the columns in an event.

This API parallels the behavior of the Honeycomb Dataset Schema UI.

Authorization  🔗

Your API key must have the Manage Queries and Columns box checked. This modal can be found in your Team Settings.

API key must have Manage Queries and Columns

Fields on a Derived Column  🔗

Derived Columns have the following fields:

Field Type Optional Notes
id string read-only Returned in response bodies; this is a base58 encoded string. (“The encoded data contains only alphanumericals, and avoids the easily confused characters 0, i, l and O (zero, india, lima, capital oscar).")
alias string no
description string yes, default=”"
expression string no See Derived Column syntax

Headers  🔗

The only expected header is X-Honeycomb-Team, which is your Team API key, and it is required.

Create a Derived Column  🔗

Derived Columns are created by sending a POST request to /1/derived_columns/<DATASET_NAME>.

The body should be a JSON encoded object.

Response status should be 201, and the body will contain the created object, including its id.

Create Example Request  🔗

curl https://api.honeycomb.io/1/derived_columns/$DATASET \
    -X POST \
    -H "X-Honeycomb-Team: $LIBHONEY_WRITE_KEY" \
    -d '{"alias": "always_one", "expression": "MAX(1)", "description": "MAX(1) is always 1"}' \

Create Example Response  🔗

{
  "id": "mYVfSPi4s75",
  "alias": "always_one",
  "description": "MAX(1) is always 1",
  "expression": "MAX(1)"
}

Update a Derived Column  🔗

A Derived Column may be updated, by sending a PUT request to /1/derived_columns/<dataset>/<derived_column_id>.

The PUT request should have as its body a JSON object containing all the user-settable fields for this Derived Column, including any updated values. (That is, it is a PUT request, not a PATCH applying a partial update.)

When a Derived Column has been successfully updated, the API returns code 200 and the updated Derived Column as the body of the response.

Update Example Request  🔗

curl https://api.honeycomb.io/1/derived_columns/$DATASET/$DERIVED_COLUMN_ID
    -X PUT \
    -H "X-Honeycomb-Team: $LIBHONEY_WRITE_KEY"
    -d '{"alias": "always_one", "expression": "MAX(1)", "description": "MAX(1) is always always always 1"}'

Update Example Response  🔗

{
  "id": "mYVfSPi4s75",
  "alias": "always_one",
  "description": "MAX(1) is always always always 1",
  "expression": "MAX(1)"
}

Delete a Derived Column  🔗

A successful response will have status code 204 and an empty body.

Delete Example Request  🔗

curl https://api.honeycomb.io/1/derived_columns/$DATASET_SLUG/$DERIVED_COLUMN_ID \
    -H "X-Honeycomb-Team: $LIBHONEY_WRITE_KEY" \
    -X DELETE

Get One Derived Column  🔗

A singular Derived Column in a dataset may be retrieved by sending a GET request to /1/derived_columns/<DATASET_NAME>/<DERIVED_COLUMN_ID>.

Get One Example Request  🔗

curl https://api.honeycomb.io/1/derived_columns/$DATASET_SLUG/$DERIVED_COLUMN_ID \
    -X GET \
    -H "X-Honeycomb-Team: $LIBHONEY_WRITE_KEY"

Get One Example Response  🔗

{
  "id": "mYVfSPi4s75",
  "alias": "always_one",
  "description": "MAX(1) is always always always 1",
  "expression": "MAX(1)"
}

Get One Derived Column by Alias  🔗

A Derived Column in a dataset may be retrieved by sending a GET request to /1/columns/<DATASET_NAME>?alias=<ALIAS>.

Get One by Alias Example Request  🔗

curl https://api.honeycomb.io/1/derived_columns/$DATASET_SLUG?alias=$ALIAS \
    -X GET \
    -H "X-Honeycomb-Team: $LIBHONEY_WRITE_KEY"

Get One by Alias Example Response  🔗

{
  "id": "mYVfSPi4s75",
  "alias": "always_one",
  "description": "MAX(1) is always always always 1",
  "expression": "MAX(1)"
}

List All Derived Columns  🔗

All the Derived Columns in a dataset may be retrieved by sending a GET request to /1/derived_columns/<DATASET_NAME>.

A successful response will return HTTP 200 and a JSON list of all Derived Column objects for the dataset.

List All Example Request  🔗

curl https://api.honeycomb.io/1/derived_columns/$DATASET_SLUG \
    -X GET \
    -H "X-Honeycomb-Team: $LIBHONEY_WRITE_KEY"