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extracts related events of a given type
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[--format=] <string> output format (default: JSON)


The pivot command retrieves data of a related type. It inspects each event in a query result to find an event of the requested type. If the related type exists in the schema, VAST will dynamically create a new query to fetch the contextual data according to the type relationship.

vast pivot [options] <type> <expr>

VAST uses the field community_id to pivot between logs and packets. Pivoting is currently implemented for Suricata, Zeek (with community ID computation enabled), and PCAP. For Zeek specifically, the uid field is supported as well.

For example, to get all events of type pcap.packet that can be pivoted to over common fields from other events that match the query dest_ip ==, use this command:

vast pivot pcap.packet 'dest_ip =='

The pivot command is similar to the explore command in that they allow for querying additional context.

Unlike the export command, the output format can be selected using --format=<format>. The default export format is json.

For more information on schema pivoting, head over to