Preview transform APIedit

Previews a transform.


POST _transform/_preview


If the Elasticsearch security features are enabled, you must have the following privileges:

  • manage_transform
  • source index: read, view_index_metadata

The built-in transform_admin role has the manage_transform privilege.

For more information, see Security privileges and Built-in roles.


This API generates a preview of the results that you will get when you run the create transforms API with the same configuration. It returns a maximum of 100 results. The calculations are based on all the current data in the source index.

It also generates a list of mappings and settings for the destination index. If the destination index does not exist when you start a transform, these are the mappings and settings that are used. These values are determined based on the field types of the source index and the transform aggregations.

There are some limitations that might result in poor mappings. As a work-around, create the destination index or an index template with your preferred mappings before you start the transform.

You must choose either the latest or pivot method for your transform; you cannot use both in a single transform.

Request bodyedit

(Optional, string) Free text description of the transform.

(Optional, object) The destination for the transform.

Properties of dest
(Optional, string) The destination index for the transform. The mappings of the destination index are deduced based on the source fields when possible. If alternate mappings are required, use the Create index API prior to starting the transform.
(Optional, string) The unique identifier for a pipeline.
(Optional, time units) The interval between checks for changes in the source indices when the transform is running continuously. Also determines the retry interval in the event of transient failures while the transform is searching or indexing. The minimum value is 1s and the maximum is 1h. The default value is 1m.

(Required*, object) [beta] This functionality is in beta and is subject to change. The design and code is less mature than official GA features and is being provided as-is with no warranties. Beta features are not subject to the support SLA of official GA features. The latest method transforms the data by finding the latest document for each unique key.

Properties of latest
(Required, string) Specifies the date field that is used to identify the latest documents.
(Required, array of strings) Specifies an array of one or more fields that are used to group the data.

(Required, object) The pivot method transforms the data by aggregating and grouping it. These objects define the group by fields and the aggregation to reduce the data.

Properties of pivot
aggregations or aggs

(Required, object) Defines how to aggregate the grouped data. The following aggregations are currently supported:


(Required, object) Defines how to group the data. More than one grouping can be defined per pivot. The following groupings are currently supported:


(Required, object) The source of the data for the transform.

Properties of source
(Required, string or array) The source indices for the transform. It can be a single index, an index pattern (for example, "my-index-*"), an array of indices (for example, ["my-index-000001", "my-index-000002"]), or an array of index patterns (for example, ["my-index-*", "my-other-index-*"].
(Optional, object) A query clause that retrieves a subset of data from the source index. See Query DSL.

(Optional, object) Defines the properties transforms require to run continuously.

Properties of sync

(Optional, object) Specifies that the transform uses a time field to synchronize the source and destination indices.

Properties of analysis_config
(Optional, time units) The time delay between the current time and the latest input data time. The default value is 60s.
(Optional, string) The date field that is used to identify new documents in the source.

(Optional, object) Defines optional transform settings.

Properties of settings
(Optional, float) Specifies a limit on the number of input documents per second. This setting throttles the transform by adding a wait time between search requests. The default value is null, which disables throttling.
(Optional, integer) Defines the initial page size to use for the composite aggregation for each checkpoint. If circuit breaker exceptions occur, the page size is dynamically adjusted to a lower value. The minimum value is 10 and the maximum is 10,000. The default value is 500.

Response bodyedit

(array) An array of documents. In particular, they are the JSON representation of the documents that would be created in the destination index by the transform.

(object) Contains details about the destination index.

Properties of generated_dest_index
(object) The aliases for the destination index.
(object) The mappings for each document in the destination index.
(object) The index settings for the destination index.


POST _transform/_preview
  "source": {
    "index": "kibana_sample_data_ecommerce"
  "pivot": {
    "group_by": {
      "customer_id": {
        "terms": {
          "field": "customer_id"
    "aggregations": {
      "max_price": {
        "max": {
          "field": "taxful_total_price"

The data that is returned for this example is as follows:

  "preview" : [
      "max_price" : 171.0,
      "customer_id" : "10"
      "max_price" : 233.0,
      "customer_id" : "11"
      "max_price" : 200.0,
      "customer_id" : "12"
  "generated_dest_index" : {
    "mappings" : {
      "_meta" : {
        "_transform" : {
          "transform" : "transform-preview",
          "version" : {
            "created" : "7.7.0"
          "creation_date_in_millis" : 1584738236757
        "created_by" : "transform"
      "properties" : {
        "max_price" : {
          "type" : "half_float"
        "customer_id" : {
          "type" : "keyword"
    "settings" : {
      "index" : {
        "number_of_shards" : "1",
        "auto_expand_replicas" : "0-1"
    "aliases" : { }