Get a report analogous to a Freeform Table visualization in Analysis Workspace. The function uses the arguments to construct and execute a JSON-based query to the Adobe Analytics API and then returns the results as a data frame.

  company_id = Sys.getenv("AW_COMPANY_ID"),
  rsid = Sys.getenv("AW_REPORTSUITE_ID"),
  date_range = c(Sys.Date() - 30, Sys.Date() - 1),
  dimensions = c("page", "lasttouchchannel", "mobiledevicetype"),
  metrics = c("visits", "visitors"),
  top = c(5),
  page = 0,
  filterType = "breakdown",
  segmentId = NA,
  metricSort = "desc",
  include_unspecified = TRUE,
  search = NA,
  prettynames = FALSE,
  debug = FALSE



Company ID. If an environment variable called AW_COMPANY_ID exists in .Renviron or elsewhere and no company_id argument is provided, then the AW_COMPANY_ID value will be used. Use get_me to get a list of available company_id values.


Adobe report suite ID (RSID). If an environment variable called AW_REPORTSUITE_ID exists in .Renviron or elsewhere and no rsid argument is provided, then the AW_REPORTSUITE_ID value will be used. Use aw_get_reportsuites to get a list of available rsid values.


A vector containing the start and end date for the report as Date objects.


A character vector of dimensions. There is currently a limit of 20 dimension breakdowns. Each dimension value that gets broken down by another dimension requires an additional API call, so the more dimensions that are included, the longer the function will take to return results. This is how the Adobe Analytics API works. Use aw_get_dimensions to get a list of available dimensions IDs.


A character vector of metrics. Use aw_get_metrics and aw_get_calculatedmetrics to get a list of available metrics IDs.


The number of values to be pulled for each dimension. The default is 5 and the "top" is based on the first metric value (along with metricSort). If there are multiple dimensions, then this argument can either be a vector that includes the number of values to include at each level (each breakdown) or, if a single value is used, then that will be the maximum number of values to return at each level. See the Details for information on the unique handling of daterange... values.


Used in combination with top to return the next page of results. Uses 0-based numbering (e.g., top = 50000 and page = 1 will return the top 50,000 items starting at 50,001).


This is a placeholder argument for use as additional functionality is added to the package. Currently, it defaults to breakdown, and that is the only supported value.


A single segment ID or a vector of multiple segment IDs to apply to the overall report. If multiple segmentId values are included, the segments will be effectived ANDed together, just as if multiple segments were added to the header of an Analysis Workspace panel. Use aw_get_segments to get a list of available segmentId values.


Pre-sorts the table by metrics. Values are either asc (ascending) or desc (descending).


Whether or not to include Unspecified values in the results. This is the equivalent of the Include Unspecified (None) checkbox in freeform tables in Analysis Workspace. This defaults to TRUE, which includes Unspecified values in the results.


Criteria to filter the results by one or more dimensions. Searches are case-insenstive. Refer to the Details for more information on constructing values for this argument.


A Boolean that determines whether the column names in the results use the API field name (e.g., "mobiledevicetype", "pageviews") or the "pretty name" for the field (e.g., "Mobile Device Type", "Page Views"). This applies to both dimensions and metrics. The default value is FALSE, which returns the API field names. For custom eVars, props, and events, the non-pretty values are simply the variable number (e.g., "evar2", "prop3", "event15").


Set to TRUE to publish the full JSON request(s) being sent to the API to the console when the function is called. The default is FALSE.


A data frame with dimensions and metrics.


This function is based on the Freeform Table visualization in Analysis Workspace. It is accessing the same API call type that is used to generate those visualizations.

Dimension Ordering

Adobe Analytics only queries one dimension at a time, even though the results get returned in a single data frame (or table in the case of Analysis Workspace). The more dimensions are included in the report--the more breakdowns of the data--the more queries are required. As a result, the order of the dimensions can have a dramatic impact on the total query time, even if the resulting data is essentially identical.

One way to understand this is to consider how much dragging and dropping would be required to return the data in Analysis Workspace if you were not able to <Shift>-<click> to highlight multiple values before dragging a new dimension to break down existing values.

Consider a scenario where you are pulling metrics for the last 30 days (daterangeday) for Mobile Device Type (mobiledevicetype), which has 7 unique values. Setting dimensions = c("daterangeday", "mobiledevicetype") would make one query to get the values of the 30 days included. The query would then run a separate query for each of those 30 days to get the mobiledevicetype results for each day. So, this would be 31 API calls.

If, instead, the function was called with the dimension values reversed (dimensions = c("mobiledevicetype", "daterangeday")), then the first query would return the 7 mobiledevicetype values, and then would run an additional query for each of those 7 mobile device type values to return the results for the 30 days within each device type. This would be only 7 API calls.

Strategically ordering dimensions--and then wrangling the resulting data set as needed--is one of the best ways to improve query performance.

Date Handling

Date handling has several special characteristics that are worth getting familiar with:

  • The API names for day, week, month, etc. are prepended with daterange, so daily data uses daterangeday, weekly data uses daterangeweek, monthly data uses daterangemonth, etc.

  • When setting the argument for top, if the first (or only) dimension value is a daterange... object, then, if this argument is not explicitly specified or if it uses only a single value (e.g., top = 10), the function will still return all of the values that fall in that date range. For instance, if the date_range was set for a 30-day period and the first dimension value was daterangeday, and no value is specified for top, rather than simply returning the first 5 dates in the range, all 30 days will be returned. In the same scenario, if top = 10 was set, then all 30 days would still be returned, and the 10 would simply be applied to the additional dimensions.

  • If you want to return all of the date/time values but then have specific control over the number of values returned for each of the drilldown dimensions, then set 0 as the first value in the top argument and then specify different numbers for each breakdown (e.g., top = c(0, 3, 10) would return all of the date/time values for the specified date_range, the top 3 values for the second specified dimension, and then the top 10 values for each of the next dimension's results).

  • If you are using a daterange... value not as the first dimension, then simply using 0 at the same level in the top argument specification will return all of the values for that date/time value.


There are powerful filtering abilities within the function. However, to support that power requires a syntax that can feel a bit cumbersome for simple queries. Note: search filters are case-insensitive. This is Adobe Analytics API functionality and can not be specified otherwise in queries.

The search argument takes a vector of search strings, with each value in the vector corresponding to the dimension value that is at the same position. These search strings support a range of operators, including AND, OR, NOT, MATCH, CONTAINS, BEGINS-WITH, and ENDS-WITH.

The default for any search string is to use CONTAINS. Consider a query where dimensions = c("mobiledevicetype", "lasttouchchannel"):

  • search = "CONTAINS 'mobile'" will return results where mobiledevicetype contains "mobile", so would return all rows for Mobile Phone.

  • This could be shortened to search = "'mobile'" and would behave exactly the same, since CONTAINS is the default operator

  • search = c("CONTAINS 'mobile'", "CONTAINS 'search'") will return results where mobiledevicetype contains "mobile" and, within those results, results where lasttouchchannel contains "search".

  • search = c("(CONTAINS 'mobile') OR (CONTAINS 'tablet')", "(MATCH 'paid search')") will return results where mobiledevicetype contains "mobile" or "tablet" and, within those results, will only include results where lasttouchchannel exactly matches "paid search" (but is case-insensitive, so would return "Paid Search" values).

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