How to query data in Elasticsearch using Dev tools

GrimoireLab allows its users to interact with the data through its dev tools.


  • Look for Dev Tools in the sidebar and open it.

dev tools

  • Once you have dev tools open, the following interface should be visible to you. The console is divided into two sections, an editor panel and a response panel. Type your query in the editor panel and press the green play button to submit your query.

dev tool interface

For example, the query below counts the number of unique authors on a git repository from 2018-01-01 to 2021-01-01

GET _search
  "query": {
    "range": {
      "author_date": {
        "gte": "2018-01-01T00:00:00",
        "lte": "2021-01-01T00:00:00"
  "aggs": {
    "author_unique": {
       "cardinality": {
        "field": "author_id"

The size parameter specifies that we do not need the data fetched from the index, this is included as only count of authors is required and not data of authors. The query parameter includes the range of the field author_date for which the data is requested. The number of distinct author are calculated using cardinality of author_id.


  "took" : 130,
  "timed_out" : false,
  "_shards" : {
    "total" : 239,
    "successful" : 239,
    "skipped" : 204,
    "failed" : 0
  "hits" : {
    "total" : 47860,
    "max_score" : 0.0,
    "hits" : [ ]
  "aggregations" : {
    "author_unique" : {
      "value" : 493

The value field hold the number of distinct authors for the time frame provided.

dev output

You can refer to the ElasticSearch Docs to get an overview on how to use queries.

You can also refer to the data source schemas to get an idea on their corresponding fields.