Deleting rows#

From the UI#

Individual rows can be deleted from the UI, and deleted rows can be seen in the trash.

When rows are deleted, they will not be deleted from disk, but are not considered in the number of rows, searches, filters, and signal computation.

Single row#

To delete a single row from the UI, click the trash icon next to the row, or use the “Delete” or “Backspace” keys on your keyboard (only in single-item view).

Once confirmed, the row will be removed from the total count.

Multiple rows#

You can also delete a set of rows in a given filter by using the bulk-delete icon.

In the example below, we’ve searched for “golden” and we will delete all 910 rows that contain this keyword.

Viewing trashed rows and restoring them#

When rows are deleted in Lilac, they are not deleted from disk, so we can always view the trash and restore them if we made a mistake.

First, let’s open the schema to see how many rows we’ve deleted.

Clicking the eye-icon will let us view the 910 deleted rows.

Individual rows can be restored by clicking the “back” arrow. The entire trash can be restored by clicking the “back” arrow in the schema.

From Python#

First, get the IMDB dataset:

import lilac as ll


dataset = ll.get_dataset('local', 'imdb')

Deleting individual rows#

We can delete individual rows from Python by using the Dataset.delete_rows method.

First, let’s select the first row and delete it. We need to explicitly ask for the ROWID which uniquely identifies a row. We’ll use this to delete the row.

first_row = list(dataset.select_rows(['*', ll.ROWID], limit=1))

row_id = first_row[0][ll.ROWID]



Let’s delete this row.


Note that when we delete rows, we actually are just adding a special __deleted__ label to the row, which will automatically get reflected in the counts upstream when we query select rows.

We can pass include_deleted to select_rows to select over deleted rows. Let’s view the deleted row.

first_row = list(dataset.select_rows(['*', ll.ROWID], limit=1, include_deleted=True))


  '__rowid__': '0003076800f1471f8f4c8a1b2deda742',
  'text': 'If you want to truly experience the magic (?) of Don Dohler, then check out "Alien Factor" or maybe "Fiend"...',
  'label': 'neg',
  '__hfsplit__': 'test',
  '__deleted__': {
    'label': 'true',
    'created': datetime.datetime(2023, 9, 20, 10, 16, 15, 545277)

Deleting a selection of rows#

Deleting individual rows can be cumbersome in Python, so Lilac prosvides a way to delete multiple rows at the same time through a query selection.

There are two additional arguments to Dataset.delete_rows which mirror the two arguments in Dataset.select_rows. See Querying a Dataset for more details.

  • searches: A list of searches to apply to delete rows.

  • filters: A list of filters to apply to delete rows.

We can use these to delete all results that match the searches and filters.

Let’s delete all results that are less than 1,000 characters by using the enriched text_statistics.num_characters field.

    (('text', 'text_statistics', 'num_characters'), 'less', 1000)

Restoring deleted rows.#

Just like Dataset.delete_rows, there is a parallel Dataset.restore_rows with the same arguments.

We could restore all rows with:


Or we could restore a single row:


Or we could restore rows in a filter.

    (('text', 'text_statistics', 'num_characters'), 'less', 1000)