A Looker dashboard is a collection of queries displayed as visualizations on a screen. Users can alter filters on dashboards, apply alerts to tiles, set up dashboard delivery schedules, and download a dashboard's data, among other things.
Each type of dashboard has different benefits and constraints:
|Characteristic||User-Defined Dashboard||LookML Dashboard|
|Generally created and edited by||Business users and Looker developers.||A select group of LookML developers.|
|Defined||By adding query tiles, Look-linked tiles, or text in the user interface; arranging them using drag-and-drop operations; and adding and formatting dashboard filters and other options (as described on the Creating user-defined dashboards documentation page).||Written and edited in a YAML-based dashboard file, as described in the Creating a LookML dashboard file section of the Building LookML dashboards documentation page.|
|Updated||When the dashboard is edited or the corresponding saved Looks are updated.||When the LookML file for the dashboard is edited.|
|Stored||In a user's personal folder or in a shared folder for easy collaboration across a wider group of users.||As version-controlled files that are associated with the project in a Git repository. By default, LookML dashboards are accessible for viewing in the LookML dashboards folder located in the All folders top-level folder. They can also be moved to other folders as desired.|
|Convertible||To LookML dashboards, as described in the Creating a LookML copy of a user-defined dashboard section of the Building LookML dashboards documentation page.||To user-defined dashboards, as explained on the Converting from LookML to user-defined dashboards documentation page.|