Saving Queries and Types of Query Versions

Alation Cloud Service Applies to Alation Cloud Service instances of Alation

Customer Managed Applies to customer-managed instances of Alation

Available from Version V R5 (5.9.x)


Compose now autosaves all edits to a query. This means you do not have to perform that Save action manually because all your work is saved automatically.

Autosaving indicators in Compose:


Autosaving creates a minor version of your query that will be added to Query Version History. A minor version is a part of changes to your query that is captured by the autosave.

A manual save or a hotkey save will produce a minor version, too.

Major and Minor Versions in Version History

In Version History, users can see the details on how their query has changed over time. For the query author, Version History displays both major and minor versions of a query.

A major version of a query is created when this query is published.

Minor versions are created when ongoing edits to a query are saved. In Version History, minor versions are grouped under the major version or the current version.


Minor versions, or unpublished autosaved edits, are only visible to query authors. Non-authors only see major versions in Version History.

Minor and major versions in Query Version History: