Splits a string by specifying a regular expression by which to split.

ParameterTypeRequiredDefaultDescription
asstringfalse_splitstringEmit selected attribute using this name.
bystringtrue String/regex to split by.
fieldstringfalse Field that needs splitting. [a]
indexnumberfalse Emit only this index after splitting. Can be negative; -1 designates the last element.

[a] When you provide only one parameter, the implied parameter is field

Examples

Assuming an event has the @rawstring "2007-01-01 test bar" you can split the string into attributes part[0], part[1], and part[2]:

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... | part := splitString(field=@rawstring, by=" ")

Assuming an event has the @rawstring "2007-01-01 test bar" you can split pick out the date part using:

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... | date := splitString(field=@rawstring, by=" ", index=0)

Assuming an event has the @rawstring "<2007-01-01>test;bar" you can split the string into attributes part[0], part[1], and part[2]. In this case, the splitting string is a regex specifying any one of the characters <, >, or ;

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... | part := splitString(field=@rawstring, by="[<>;]")

Split an event into multiple events by newlines. The first function splitString() creates @rawstring[0], @rawstring[1], ... for each line, and the following split() creates the multiple events from the array of rawstrings.

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... | splitString(by="\n", as=@rawstring) | split(@rawstring)

Split the value of a string field into individual characters:

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characters := splitstring(my_field, by="(?!\A)(?=.)")

Split the value of a string using case-insensitive regex:

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characters := splitstring(my_field, by="(?i)(e|encoded|enc)")