Skip to main content

most_recent, least_recent Grouping Operators

The most_recent and least_recent operators, used with the withtime operator, are aggregate operators that allow you to select the most recent or least recent value within a group.

The withtime operator is given a field and creates a JSON object with the field's value and its timestamp in milliseconds. A field is created with the format x_withtime that appears as part of your search results. Then the most_recent and least_recent operators are used to order your data referencing the x_withtime field.

The withtime, most_recent, and least_recent operators are not considered standalone operators; they are designed to only be used as an alternative to the first and last operators in auto refresh dashboards or any continuous query where first and last are not supported.


The field status is used in the following syntax expressions to represent any field.

| parse ... as status | withtime status | most_recent(status_withtime) [as <field>] by _sourceHost
| parse ... as status | withtime status | least_recent(status_withtime) [as <field>] by _sourceHost


  • Default alias field is named _mostrecent or _leastrecent


Find the most recent visitors to our site by IP.

Say we would like to keep an eye on visitors that hit our site from different countries. This query will provide the most recent IP addresses based on the logline message time:

*ip* OR *address*
| parse regex "(?<IP>\b\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3}\.\d{1,3})"
| lookup latitude, longitude, country_code from geo://location on ip=IP
| where !isNull(country_code)
| withtime IP
| most_recent(ip_withtime) by country_code

produces results like:


Privacy Statement
Terms of Use

Copyright © 2024 by Sumo Logic, Inc.