QQL Best Practices

Let’s discuss some best practices that improve the performance of QQL search queries and fetch smarter and quicker results. Click each of the following links for more details.

Use double quotation marks for contains search in exact sequence

Use backticks (grave accent mark) for exact match

Use brackets […] and parentheses (…) smartly

Use of greater than and less than signs independently and with equal sign

Use of comma versus logical OR operator

Avoid range searches

Avoid usage of NOT

Use greater than and less than signs in date range search

Use alternatives to nested queries

See Qualys Query Language Syntax

See Components of a QQL query