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An organization is logical entity which groups various streams, users, functions in OpenObserve. An organization can represent an enterprise, a department of an enterprise, or an application. All streams, users, functions, etc. are scoped to an organization.


A stream in OpenObserve is sequence of events (logs/metrics/traces) that share the same source, e.g. logs from a specific application or logs from an enterprise.

Data Ingestion

Data Partitioning

Data ingested in OpenObserve is partitioned by default based on year month day & hour. You can additionally specify partitioning keys which will be used to partition data.


Log is a type of stream, which caters to log events from applications.


Applicable to cloud version

Users are indiviuals using application by logging in with appropriate credentials. As of today we support Google as social account for login. One can also sign up by providing valid email.

User Roles

A user in OpenObserve can have role admin or member.

Users with admin role have greater privileges as compared to users with member role, e.g., Other users can be added to an organization by users with admin role.


Functions in OpenObserve can be used during ingestion & query to aid advanced capabilities like enrichment, redaction, log reduction, compliance, etc. A function is defined using VRL script.


_timestamp is considered as timestamp column in OpenObserve, if _timestamp or @timestamp isn't present in data being ingested, we add _timestamp to each record with the value of NOW up to microsecond precision.

For input data with key as _timestamp/@timestamp, for the value we support the following data types/format:

  • microseconds
  • string value
  • RFC 3339 and ISO 8601 date and time string such as "1996-12-19T16:39:57-08:00"
  • RFC 2822 date and time string such as "Tue, 1 Jul 2003 10:52:37 +0200"

Applicable only to open source version

If user wants support for key other than _timestamp/@timestamp user can use ZO_COLUMN_TIMESTAMP configuration to specify timestamp key.


For full text search user can use query in-built query functions like match_all, match_all_ignore_case, please note user can restrict full text search to specific fields/columns in log stream by selecting fields/columns from stream in stream details screen.