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Setup screen example with user credentials

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Setup screen example with user credentials

This example shows the steps needed to create a set up screen that accepts user/password credentials for a python script. The python script uses the credentials supplied in the setup screen.

  1. Create the block in your setup screen that accepts user credentials.
  2. Write a python script that uses the credentials
  3. Create a stanza in inputs.conf for your script.

1. Create a block in setup.xml that accepts user credentials

Add the following block to setup.xml to create the User input fields for your scripts.

<block title="Add new credentials" endpoint="admin/passwords" entity="_new">
  <input field="name">

  <input field="password">

  <!-- Remove the realm input field if your app is not using realm -->
  <input field="realm">

2. Write a python script that uses credentials

Here is the path to the example script:


import splunk.entity as entity

. . .

# access the credentials in /servicesNS/nobody/<MyApp>/admin/passwords
def getCredentials(sessionKey):
   myapp = 'name-of-your-app-here'
      # list all credentials
      entities = entity.getEntities(['admin', 'passwords'], namespace=myapp,
                                    owner='nobody', sessionKey=sessionKey)
   except Exception, e:
      raise Exception("Could not get %s credentials from splunk. Error: %s"
                      % (myapp, str(e)))

   # return first set of credentials
   for i, c in entities.items():
        return c['username'], c['clear_password']

   raise Exception("No credentials have been found")  

def main():
        # read session key sent from splunkd
        sessionKey = sys.stdin.readline().strip()

        if len(sessionKey) == 0:
           sys.stderr.write("Did not receive a session key from splunkd. " +
                            "Please enable passAuth in inputs.conf for this " +

        # now get twitter credentials - might exit if no creds are available
        username, password = getCredentials(sessionKey)

        # use the credentials to access the data source
        . . .

3. Create a stanza in inputs.conf

Here is the path to inputs.conf for the example:


Add the following stanza to inputs.conf:

. . .
passAuth   = splunk-system-user

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk: 4.3 , 4.3.1 , 4.3.2 , 4.3.3 , 4.3.4 , 4.3.5 , 4.3.6 , 4.3.7 View the Article History for its revisions.

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