Atlan is a living catalog of all your data assets and knowledge. It lets you quickly discover and access your data, along with the tribal knowledge and business context.
Its Amazon-like search and filtering experience isn't just for data tables. It also extends to a variety of data assets, like columns, databases, SQL queries, BI dashboards, and much more.
To ensure a high-quality search experience, Atlan recommends the following:
- Certify your assets
- Link terms to your assets to add business context
- Enrich your assets with descriptions
- Star your assets for easy access
Let's find out what makes Atlan's search intuitive and super quick.
Intelligent keyword recognition
Atlan supports powerful, intelligent search. When you search using keywords, the keywords in the matching search results will be highlighted for easy recognition. Even if your keyword contains an underscore
_ or a period
. — for example,
instacart_order — both keywords will be highlighted across all search results.
For keyword-based search:
- Atlan displays search results based on asset names that match your keyword(s).
- If the keyword is a glossary term linked to assets or present in asset descriptions, such assets will be boosted in search results.
- Whether your search query is incomplete (
insta) or misspelled (
instacrt ordr), Atlan's powerful search can still help you discover exactly what you need.
Search from anywhere
There are multiple ways to start your search:
- Click the search bar on the home page
- Click Discover all assets just below the search bar on the home page
- Click Assets in the left-side panel
Search using context
The Assets section offers a variety of filters to narrow down your search. Here are the different types of filters that you can use:
- Connector: Search by connectors, chosen from a list of connections within Atlan.
- Certificate: Search based on the certificate attached to data assets, such as Verified, Draft, Deprecated, and No certificate.
- Owners: Filter by selecting one or more users. You can also toggle between users and groups to filter based on a group of users.
- Tags: Filter by user-generated tags, such as
PII, and more.
- Terms: Filter by terms from your glossaries, such as
- Properties: Filter data assets by other properties, like name, description, last updated, and so on.
Atlan's search results include a quick count of all the resulting data assets grouped by type. As you apply the filters, you'll see these counts change in real time.
You can also enter a keyword in the search bar and filter your results by a specific type of data asset. For instance, enter the keyword
order in the search bar and then click the Column tab to view column results for your searched keyword.
Sort search results
Atlan allows you to sort your search results in different ways. This helps you quickly find the assets you're interested in. Sorting options include:
- Relevance: Sort by how closely the search results match your searched keywords.
- Name: Sort by the asset name in an alphabetical or a reverse alphabetical order.
- Updated on Atlan: Sort by the newest or oldest updated assets.
- Star count: Sort assets by most or fewest stars.
- Order: Sort the search results in an ascending or descending order.
- Popularity: Sort Snowflake and Google BigQuery assets by the most or least popular assets.
Search with patterns
You can refine your search in Atlan with the following patterns:
- Exact match search: Wrap the search terms within double quotation marks
""when typing it in the search bar — for example,
- Combined string of database, schema, and table: For a more data-friendly search experience, copy the combined string of
schema.table) from your SQL editor and paste it in the search bar — for example,
- Multiple phrase match: When you enter two or more keywords, Atlan will find assets with asset names that partially match the keywords or a combination of them to narrow down the search results.
See only what you want to see
Atlan gives you the option to customize your search. Want to show or hide certain fields in your search results? Click the 3-dot icon next to the search bar to set display preferences for each field: