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Transactionize Operator

The Transactionize operator groups log messages that match on any fields you specify.

Unlike other "group by" operators, where the logs in a group must match on all defined fields, transactionize just needs one field to match in order to assign logs to the same group.

The match can be transitive, meaning that logs are grouped when messages have adjacent matching fields. For example, all of the following logs would be grouped in a transactionize query:

A, , , ...
A, B, , ...
, B, C, ...

In search results, the transactionize operator adds transaction fields. The fields are named starting with the specified alias prefix, or "_group" if no alias is specified. Transactionize adds the following fields:

  • _group. An integral value unique to each group.
  • _group_duration. The duration of the transaction in milliseconds.
  • _group_size. The number of log messages in the transaction.
  • _group_orphaned. True if the log message is not a member of a transaction. The keepOrphans parameter must be true.
  • _group_signature. DEPRECATED. Use the merge operator in the subquery instead.


  • transactionize [field1], [field2], [field3] as [alias]
  • transactionize [field1] as [alias] [subquery]
    The subquery is executed for each group independent of other groups.
  • transactionize [field1] as [alias] [parameters] [subquery]


  • maxSpan = [time]
    The transaction ends if the transaction duration exceeds the specified time. Time may be specified in various units, such as 1s, 1m, and so on.
  • maxPause = [time]
    The transaction ends if the time between log messages exceeds the specified time. Time may be specified in various units, such as 1s, 1m, and so on.
  • maxLogs = [n]
    The transaction ends if the number of log messages in the transaction exceeds the specified number.
  • startsWith = [string] [;strict]
    Log messages that match the string start a new transaction. Example:startsWith="foo" (strict is off by default)
  • endsWith = [string] [;strict]
    Log messages that match the string end the current transaction. Example:endsWith="foo";strict
  • keepOrphans = [true or false]

Example - Use session IDs to group logs that belong to a request

Let’s say we are working with logs from a distributed system, where a request passes through several different systems. Each system provides its own session ID in its logs (in addition to the session ID of other systems that communicate with a system).

With that in mind, the logs could look similar to:

[system=001] [sessionId=a39eb7] processing request
[system=002] [sessionId=982c8d] accepting request from system=001 with sessionId=a39eb7
[system=002] [sessionId=982c8d] processing
[system=003] [sessionId=3b7af9] accepting request from system=001 with sessionId=a39eb7
[system=003] [sessionId=3b7af9] processing

To group the logs that belong to the same request, we can use parse nodrop to extract each session ID, then run transactionize to group the logs with a query similar to:

| parse "[system=001] [sessionId=*]" as system1Id nodrop 
| parse "[system=002][sessionId=*]" as system2Id nodrop 
| parse "[system=003][sessionId=*]" as system3Id nodrop 
| parse "system=001 with sessionId=*" as system1Id nodrop 
| transactionize system1Id, system2Id, system3Id

The following example assembles transactions by matching IP addresses from available sources within specified transaction duration and time between log messages. The group fields will be named "txn," "txn_duration," "txn_size," "txn_orphaned."

transactionize src_ip as "txn" maxSpan=30s maxPause=5s


Transactionize can only analyze 50MB of raw logs at a time. When the buffer exceeds this limit, older transactions leaving the buffer might not be grouped with recent transactions entering the buffer, yielding results that might not be grouped correctly. If this is the case, you will get a warning message that reads:

The transactionize operator has reached its memory limit; transactions could be emitted prematurely.

To address this situation, try one or more of these options:

  • Reduce the timeframe of your search to reduce the scope.
  • Reduce the scope of your search by using parameters (such as maxlogs, maxspan, or endswith) that are listed above in this topic.
  • Run a second transactionize immediately after your first one. This will take the potentially ungrouped messages of your first transactionize and group them correctly.