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Cloud Search log events

Audit and investigation page: View a record of user actions in Cloud Search
The audit log page has been replaced with a new audit and investigation page. For information about this change, go to Improved audit and investigation experience: What's new in Google Workspace

You can use the audit and investigation page to run searches related to Cloud Search log events. There, you can view a record of actions in Cloud Search as users in your organization search across Google Workspace services, such as Drive, Contacts, and Gmail, and third-party data sources.

For a full list of services and activities that you can investigate, such as Google Drive or user activity, read through the About the audit and investigation tool.

Open the audit and investigation page

Access Cloud Search log event data

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu and then Reportingand thenAudit and investigationand thenCloud Search log events.

Filter the data

  1. Open the log events as described above in Access Cloud Search log event data.
  2. Click Add a filter, and then select an attribute.
  3. In the pop-up window, select an operatorand thenselect a valueand thenclick Apply.
  4. (Optional) To create multiple filters for your search:
    1. Click Add a filter and repeat step 3.
    2. (Optional) To add a search operator, above Add a filter, select AND or OR.
  5. Click Search.

Note: Using the Filter tab, you can include simple parameter and value pairs to filter the search results. You can also use the Condition builder tab, where the filters are represented as conditions with AND/OR operators.

Attribute descriptions

For this data source, you can use the following attributes when searching log event data:

Attribute Description
Actor Email address of the user who performed the action

Actor group name

Group name of the actor. For more information, go to Filtering results by Google Group.

To add a group to your filtering groups allowlist:

  1. Select Actor group name.
  2. Click Filtering groups.
    The Filtering groups page displays.
  3. Click Add Groups.
  4. Search for a group by entering the first few characters of its name or email address. When you see the group you want, select it.
  5. (Optional) To add another group, search for and select the group.
  6. When you finish selecting groups, click Add.
  7. (Optional) To remove a group, click Remove group .
  8. Click Save.

Actor organizational unit

Organizational unit of the actor
Date Date and time the event occurred (displayed in your browser's default time zone)
Event The logged event action, such as Search, Suggest, or List query sources

Service name

Name of the service handling the API call

Method name

Name of the method handling the API call

API call response status code

Response status code of the API call
Search request search application ID

Search application ID sent in the search request                                             

Search request query Query sent in the search request
Number of results in search response 

Number of results sent in the search response

Suggest request search application ID Search application ID sent in the suggest request
Suggest request query Query sent in the suggest request
Number of results in suggest response Number of results sent in the suggest response
List query sources search application ID Search application ID send in the list query sources request
Number of results in list query sources response Number of results sent in the list query sources response

Manage log event data

Manage search results column data

You can control which data columns appear in your search results.

  1. At the top-right of the search results table, click Manage columns .
  2. (Optional) To remove current columns, click Remove .
  3. (Optional) To add columns, next to Add new column, click the Down arrow  and select the data column.
    Repeat as needed.
  4. (Optional) To change the order of the columns, drag the data column names.
  5. Click Save.

Export search result data

  1. At the top of the search results table, click Export all.
  2. Enter a name and then click Export.
    The export displays below the search results table under Export action results.
  3. To view the data, click the name of your export.
    The export opens in Google Sheets.

Create reporting rules

Go to Create and manage reporting rules.

When and how long is data available?

Go to Data retention and lag times.

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