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Using a lookup operator maps data in your log messages to meaningful information. For example, you could use a lookup operator to map "userID" to a real user's name. Or, you could use a lookup operator to find black-listed IP addresses. In either case, you'll point the operator to one of the following:

  • A table of saved data generated by the Save operator.
  • A CSV file that describes the relationship between the log file message and an external source. This CSV file must be hosted on an HTTPS server. Attempting to run the lookup operator against a CSV hosted on an HTTP server will not be loaded in Sumo Logic.


  • lookup [outputColumns] from [filePath] on [joinColumns]


  • outputColumns is a list of field names in the header of the filePath.
  • filePath is an HTTPS address of a CSV file containing the external relationship table or a table saved to the Sumo Logic file system by the Save operator.
  • joinColumns is a list that defines the relationship between values in the log data with matching values in an external table.


  • The size limit for the CSV file is 8MB.
  • If using an HTTPS resource, the file must be downloaded within 10 seconds. If the file cannot be downloaded in 10 seconds, it is probably too large.

Structuring CSV Files

Sumo Logic supports HTTPS-hosted lookup CSV files with the following restrictions:

  • The CSV file must contain a header line.
  • The header line cannot use special characters.
  • All values in the CSV file need to be wrapped in quotes.
  • No spaces are allowed between quotes and values. For example:






Type the lookup operator in the Search tab, just as you would any other operator.

To match the userID string with a users' ID in your CSV, your query could be:

* | parse "name=*, phone number=*," as (name, phone) 
| lookup email from on name=userName, phone=cell

where the userTable.csv file includes the following:


Running this query adds three fields to the output: userNameemail, and IPAddress.

Composite field lookup

In our example above we had several users named John. A lookup operator can be used on a composite set of fields, so you can identify the correct email for each person named John because each unique cell phone number has also been mapped using a query like:

* | parse "name=*, phone number=*," as (name, phone) 
| lookup email from on name=userName, phone=cell

Running this query adds an email field to the output.

Using multiple lookup operators together

Another way to use a lookup operator is to chain lookup operators together. Each operator can call separate .csv files. For example, if you wanted to find user names and the position each user has in a company, your query could be:

* | parse "userID=*," as userID 
| lookup userName from on userID=id 
| lookup position from on userID=id

where the userPosition.csv file includes the following:

"5","Senior Engineer"

In our example above, the first operator finds the name, and the second finds the position.

Handling null values

To find a mismatch from a lookup operator query, use the isNull operator.

For example, running a query like:

| parse "remote_ip=*]" as remote_ip
| lookup country_code from geo://default on ip = remote_ip
| if (isNull(country_code), "unknown", country_code) as country_code

returns results similar to:

Using Lookup to Access Saved Data

Once you've saved the results of a search to the Sumo Logic file system using a Save operator, the lookup operator allows you to search that data.

For example, say we wanted to find the date when users signed up in a file named newDailyUsers (the full path is myFolder/mySubFolder/newDailyUsers). We'd use this query to find that information:

* | parse "user_name=*," as name
  | lookup date from myFolder/mySubFolder/newDailyUsers on name=name

Duplicate keys error

If the key you specify in a lookup operation matches several records, you get an error message that warns you of the duplication:

Lookup table folder/myfolder/filename has duplicate keys. The last value associated with a duplicated key will be used in the lookup result.

You only get the last associated value as a result. 

For example, if you are searching your Apache Access logs from and you are looking for an internal server errors by a specific keyid, lookup provides the last result that matches your criteria: