Filters

APM provides two different ways you can filter your data within the APM App:

Global filters

Global filters are ways you can filter any and all data across the APM app. They are available in the Services, Transactions, Errors, Metrics, and Traces views, and any filter applied will persist as you move between pages.

Global filters available in the APM app in Kibana
Global time range

The global time range filter in Kibana restricts APM data to a specific time period.

Query bar

The query bar is a powerful data query feature. Similar to the query bar in Discover, it enables you to pass advanced queries on your data to filter on particular pieces of information that you’re interested in. It comes with a handy autocomplete that helps find the fields and even provides suggestions to the data they include. You can select the query bar and hit the down arrow on your keyboard to begin seeing recommendations.

See advanced queries for more information and sample queries.

Service environment filter

The environment selector is a global filter for service.environment. It allows you to view only relevant data, and is especially useful for separating development from production environments. By default, all environments are displayed. If there are no environment options, you’ll see "not defined".

Service environments are defined when configuring your APM agents. It’s very important to be consistent when naming environments in your agents. See the documentation for each agent you’re using to learn how to configure service environments:

Environment configuration

Go: ELASTIC_APM_ENVIRONMENT Java: environment Node.js: environment Python: environment Ruby: environment Real User Monitoring: environment

Contextual filters

Local filters are ways you can filter your specific APM data on each individual page. The filters shown are relevant to your data, and will persist between pages, but only where they are applicable — they are typically most useful in their original context. As an example, if you select a host on the Services overview, then select a transaction group, the host filter will still be applied.

These filters are very useful for quickly and easily removing noise from your data. With just a click, you can filter your transactions by the transaction result, host, container ID, and more.

Local filters available in the APM app in Kibana