Search for ip ranges (again..)

Description of your problem

We are using Graylog mainly for network equipment, so we naturally want to search for CIDR ranges. I’m aware of the wildcard usage, but that doesn’t scale well with subnets below /24.

Description of steps you’ve taken to attempt to solve the issue

Added custom mapping for ip types, but how to search for that?

Environmental information

Operating system information

  • Ubuntu

Package versions

  • Graylog 4.2
  • MongoDB 4.2
  • Elasticsearch 7.10.2
  "template": "90d_*",
  "mappings": {
    "properties": {
      "test_client_ip": {
        "type": "ip"
      "test_target_ip": {
        "type": "ip"

The correct syntax, as of writting, is: test_client_ip:(\/19) (Escaping of subnet mask part is the key here.

Please note, that you need to use following when using the API

  "query_string": {
    "type": "elasticsearch",
    "query_string": "test_client_ip:\\/19"
  "timerange": {
    "type": "relative",
    "range": 86400
  "chunk_size": "100",
  "streams": [
  "limit": "500",
  "fields_in_order": [

The custom mapping is enabled as soon as the active index is rotated!

Just for the reference, if you need to setup multiple custom mappings, you have to create different mappings, they are not additional, see


Thanks @riskersen for providing your solution back to the community!

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You are welcome. I noticed a small formatting bug, which I’ve updated + I’ve added a sample when using the search API


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