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Efficiently returns transaction events that match a transaction type and contain specific text.


| searchtxn <transaction-name> [max_terms=<int>] [use_disjunct=<bool>] [eventsonly=<bool>] <search-string>

Required arguments

Syntax: <transactiontype>
Description: The name of the transactiontype stanza that is defined in transactiontypes.conf.
Syntax: <string>
Description: Terms to search for within the transaction events.

Optional arguments

Syntax: eventsonly=<bool>
Description: If true, retrieves only the relevant events but does not run "| transaction" command.
Default: false
Syntax: maxterms=<int>
Description: Integer between 1-1000 which determines how many unique field values all fields can use. Using smaller values speeds up search, favoring more recent values.
Default: 1000
Syntax: use_disjunct=<bool>
Description: Specifies if each term in <search-string> should be processed as if separated by an OR operator on the initial search.
Default: true


The searchtxn command is a generating command and should be the first command in the search. Generating commands use a leading pipe character.

The command works only for transactions bound together by particular field values, not by ordering or time constraints.

Suppose you have a transactiontype stanza in the transactiontype.conf file called 'email'. The stanza contains the following settings.

  • fields="qid, pid"
  • sourcetype="sendmail_syslog"
  • The search-string "to=root"

The searchtxn command finds all of the events that match sourcetype="sendmail_syslog" to=root.

From those results, all fields that contain a qid or pid located are used to further search for relevant transaction events. When no additional qid or pid values are found, the resulting search is run:

sourcetype="sendmail_syslog" ((qid=val1 pid=val1) OR (qid=valn pid=valm) | transaction name=email | search to=root


Example 1:

Find all email transactions to root from David Smith.

| searchtxn email to=root from="David Smith"

See also



Have questions? Visit Splunk Answers and see what questions and answers the Splunk community has using the searchtxn command.


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, 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.0.3, 5.0.4, 5.0.5, 5.0.6, 5.0.7, 5.0.8, 5.0.9, 5.0.10, 5.0.11, 5.0.12, 5.0.13, 5.0.14, 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.0.3, 6.0.4, 6.0.5, 6.0.6, 6.0.7, 6.0.8, 6.0.9, 6.0.10, 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.3, 6.1.4, 6.1.5, 6.1.6, 6.1.7, 6.1.8, 6.1.9, 6.2.0, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, 6.2.5, 6.2.6, 6.2.7, 6.3.0, 6.3.1 View the Article History for its revisions.

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