These are the docs for the Metabase master branch. Some features documented here may not yet be available in the latest release. Check out the docs for the latest version, Metabase v0.49.

Public sharing

You can create and share public links (URLs) for questions and dashboards. You can view them as standalone destinations (URLs) or as embedded iframes in another page or app. In both cases, the public item will display static (view-only) results of your question or dashboard, so visitors won’t be able to drill-down into the underlying data on their own.

Create a public link for a question

You can find the Sharing icon at the bottom right corner of a question. You can create a link to view the question as is, or to export the results of a question.

To share a dashboard via a public link, click on the Sharing button in the top right menu.

Sharing a dashboard

To embed a dashboard, see static embedding.

The export option is only available for questions, not dashboards.

To create a public link that people can use to download the results of a question:

  1. Click on the Sharing icon for the question.
  2. Select Public link.
  3. Click on the file format you want (below the Public link URL): CSV, XLSX, or JSON.

Public export

Open the public link in a new tab to test the download.

Exporting raw, unformatted question results

To export the raw, unformatted rows, you’ll need to append ?format_rows=false to the URL Metabase generates. For example, if you create a public link for a CSV download, the URL would look like:

https://www.example.com/public/question/cf347ce0-90bb-4669-b73b-56c73edd10cb.csv?format_rows=false

By default, Metabase will export the results of a question that include any formatting you added (for example, if you formatted a column with floats to display as a percentage (0.42 -> 42%)).

See docs for the export format endpoint.

Metabase’s automatic drill-through won’t work on public dashboards because public links don’t give people access to your raw data.

You can simulate drill-through on a public dashboard by setting up a custom click behavior that sends people from one public link to another public link.

  1. Create a second dashboard to act as the destination dashboard.
  2. Create a public link for the destination dashboard.
  3. Copy the destination dashboard’s public link.
  4. On your primary dashboard, create a custom destination with type “URL”.
  5. Set the custom destination to the destination dashboard’s public link.
  6. Optional: pass a filter value from the primary dashboard to the destination dashboard by adding a query parameter to the end of the destination URL:

/public/dashboard/?child_filter_name={{parent_column_name}}

For example, if you have a primary public dashboard that displays Invoices data, you can pass the Plan name (on click) to a destination public dashboard that displays Accounts data:

Public link with custom destination

Public embeds

Public embed

If you want to embed your question or dashboard as an iframe in a simple web page or app:

  1. Click on the Sharing icon for your question or dashboard.
  2. Click Embed.
  3. Click Public embed.
  4. Copy the iframe snippet Metabase generates for you.
  5. Paste the iframe snippet in your destination of choice.

To customize the appearance of your question or dashboard, you can update the link in the src attribute with public embed parameters.

Public embed parameters

To apply appearance or filter settings to your public embed, you can add parameters to the end of the link in your iframe’s src attribute.

Note that it’s possible to find the public link URL behind a public embed. If someone gets access to the public link URL, they can remove the parameters from the URL to view the original question or dashboard (that is, without any appearance or filter settings).

If you’d like to create a secure embed that prevents people from changing filter names or values, check out static embedding.

Appearance parameters

To toggle appearance settings, add hash parameters to the end of the public link in your iframe’s src attribute.

Parameter name Possible values
bordered true, false
titled true, false
theme null, transparent, night
hide_parameters filter name
font¹ font name
hide_download_button² true, false

¹ Available on paid plans.

² Available on paid plans and hides the download button on questions only (not dashboards).

For example, to embed a dashboard with multiple appearance parameters:

/dashboard/42#theme=night&titled=true&bordered=false

To embed a question without filter widgets and without the download button:

/question/42#hide_parameters=filter_name&hide_download_button=true

For more info about hiding filter widgets with hide_parameters, see the next section on Filter parameters.

Filter parameters

You can display a filtered view of your question or dashboard in a public embed. Make sure you’ve set up a question filter or dashboard filter first.

To apply a filter to your embedded question or dashboard, add a query parameter to the end of the link in your iframe’s src attribute, like this:

/dashboard/42?filter_name=value

For example, say that we have a dashboard with an “ID” filter. We can give this filter a value of 7:

/dashboard/42?id=7

To set the “ID” filter to a value of 7 and hide the “ID” filter widget from the public embed:

/dashboard/42?id=7#hide_parameters=id

To specify multiple values for filters, separate the values with ampersands (&), like this:

/dashboard/42?id=7&name=janet

You can hide multiple filter widgets by separating the filter names with commas, like this:

/dashboard/42#hide_parameters=id,customer_name

Note that the name of the filter in the URL should be specified in lower case, and with underscores instead of spaces. If your filter is called “Filter for User ZIP Code”, you’d write:

/dashboard/42?filter_for_user_zip_code=02116

Disable public sharing in Metabase

Public sharing is enabled by default.

Enable public sharing

To disable public sharing:

  1. Click on the Gear icon in the upper right.
  2. Select Admin settings.
  3. In the Settings tab, select Public sharing.
  4. Toggle off Public sharing.

Once toggled on, the Public sharing section will display Metabase questions, dashboards, and actions with active public links.

If you disable public sharing, then re-enable public sharing, all your previously generated public links will still work (as long as you didn’t deactivate them).

  1. Visit the question or dashboard.
  2. Click on Sharing icon.
  3. Select Public link or Embed.
  4. Click Remove public link.

Admins can view and deactivate all public links for a Metabase.

  1. Click on the gear icon in the upper right.
  2. Select Admin settings.
  3. Go to the Settings tab.
  4. Go to the Public sharing tab in the left sidebar.
  5. For each item you want to deactivate, click on the X to revoke its public link.

See all publicly shared content

Admins can see all publicly shared questions, dashboards, and actions in Admin Settings > Public Sharing.

See shared content

Further reading

Read docs for other versions of Metabase.

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