Viewing audit logs

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Audit logs are documents containing an entry or entity's archive history and include all the information necessary to understand how an item has changed over time. You can download audit logs as .csv or .pdf files.

Note: Audit logs are only available to tenants on Enterprise or Industry plans.

Download an audit log

You can view the archive history of an entity or entry by exporting its audit log. 

To export an audit log:

  1. In the expanded view, select the entities or entries you want to audit.

  2. Click Export, then click Export Audit Logs.

  3. In the drop-down menu, select the audit log format. You can choose to export the file as a .csv or .pdf.

  4. Click Export to generate an audit log, including archive information.

View an audit log

Audit logs render in an intuitive format that includes one update per row, before and after changes in separate columns, and consistent formatting across all change events, including the removal of JSON formatting. The table below describes each column in the audit log and what they represent.

Audit log column

Column description

Timestamp (UTC)

Datetime of an update in ISO 8601 format and UTC timezone


Username for the account that made the update. This could be a person or service account

Transaction ID

ID that groups related updates initiated by the same action

Event Description

Overview of the update, including the audited object type


The object property that was updated

Old Value

If an update is made, the previous value is stored. If a deletion occurs, the removed value is stored

New Value

If an update is made, the new value is stored. If a creation occurs, the added value is stored


Name of the updated object

Item Developer ID

Object API ID

Item ID

Benchling ID

For example, Registry ID, Experiment ID or barcode

Item Type

Type of object

Parent Item 1

Parent Item 2

Parent Item 3

Related objects that help identify where the update happened

Note: An updated object can have up to three parents, but often has fewer or none. For example, a Result table row has the following parents:

Parent Item 1: the Result table where the row is found

Parent Item 2: the entry where the result table (and relevant row) is found

Parent Item 1 Developer ID

Parent Item 2 Developer ID

Parent Item 3 Developer ID

API ID for corresponding parent

Parent Item 1 Type

Parent Item 2 Type

Parent Item 3 Type

Object type of corresponding parent

Delegate User

Benchling team member acting as Benchling Support on the tenant



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