The topology in StackState is likely much bigger than what you care about at any given time. StackState allows you to filter the topology in a view so you can locate the part of the topology you are interested in.

Accessing views

Views can be accessed by clicking on the Views link in the top navigation bar or using the hamburger menu in the top left corner. When you select a view, StackState will show the components in the view and restrict all further information (telemetry, problems, events) to only those components.

Creating views

To create a new view, navigate to Explore Mode via the hamburger menu. Explore Mode shows you all components in StackState. If your IT landscape is too big, StackState will encourage you to narrow your search by filtering components in the view.

When a view is modified or you created a new view starting from Explore Mode, a Save As View button will appear at the top of the screen. Click this button to save (the changes to) your view.

Using basic filtering

The main way of filtering the topology is by using the basic filter panel, accessed using the filter icon.

From here, you can use the basic filter panel to filter the topology on certain properties. If you select a particular property, the topology view will be updated to show only the topology that matches the selected value. Selecting multiple properties narrows down your search (ie it combines them using an AND operator). Selecting multiple values for a single property expands your search (ie it combines them using an OR operator).

Using the basic filter panel you can select a subset of your topology based on the following properties:

  • layers
  • domains
  • environments
  • types
  • health state
  • tags / labels

Layers, domains and environments are a way to organize your topology. The health state reflects how the component is functioning. Use labels to make it easy to navigate your topology.

Filter settings

In addition to specifying which components to show, the basic filter panel also allows you to specify two settings.

Root Cause Analysis automatically expands the topology selection to display the root cause of an issue. There are three settings:

  • None – don’t expand the topology selection
  • Cause Only – automatically add only the root cause to the topology selection
  • Full Cause Tree – automatically add the full cause tree to the topology selection

Show Components adds one or more specific components to the topology selection. You can search for the component by name.

Basic filtering example

Here is an example of using the basic filtering capabilities. This example shows how to filter for a particular layer (Applications).

Query by layer and tag

The same topology selection can also be shown in list format:

Query by layer and tag (list)

Interactive navigation

It is also possible to interactively navigate the topology. Right-click on a component to bring up the component navigation menu:

Selecting an action from the menu allows you to change your view, respective to the selected component.

Quick Actions

Quick Actions expands the topology selection in one of the following ways:

  • Show all dependencies – shows all dependencies for selected component
  • Show dependencies, 1 level, both directions – limits displayed dependencies to one level from selcted compontent
  • Show Root Cause – if the selected component is in a non-clear state, adds the root cause tree
  • Show Root Casue only – limits displayed components to the root cause elements


Dependencies isolates the selected component (shows only that component) and expands the topology selection in one of the following ways:

  • Direction – choose between Both, Up, and Down
  • Depth – choose between All, 1 level, and 2 levels

Using advanced filtering

If you require more flexibility in selecting topology, check out our guide to Advanced topology querying with STQL.

Deleting views

Views can be deleted by selecting the delete menu option from the view context menu (accessed either via the view name or the main hamburger menu).

Editing view settings

View settings can be edited by selecting the edit menu option from either the view context menu (accessed either via the view name or the main hamburger menu).