Ways you can configure Splunk software
Splunk software maintains its configuration information in a set of configuration files. You can configure Splunk by using any (or all!) of these methods:
- Use Splunk Web.
- Use Splunk's Command Line Interface (CLI) commands.
- Edit Splunk's configuration files directly.
- Use App setup screens that use the Splunk REST API to update configurations.
All of these methods change the contents of the underlying configuration files. You may find different methods handy in different situations.
Use Splunk Web
You can perform most common configuration tasks in Splunk Web. Splunk Web runs by default on port 8000 of the host on which it is installed:
- If you're running Splunk on your local machine, the URL to access Splunk Web is
- If you're running Splunk on a remote machine, the URL to access Splunk Web is
<hostname>is the name of the machine Splunk is running on.
Administration menus can be found under Settings in the Splunk Web menu bar. Most tasks in the Splunk documentation set are described for Splunk Web. For more information about Splunk Web, see Meet Splunk Web.
Edit configuration files
Most of Splunk's configuration information is stored in .conf files. These files are located under your Splunk installation directory (usually referred to in the documentation as
/etc/system. In most cases you can copy these files to a local directory and make changes to these files with your preferred text editor.
Before you begin editing configuration files, read "About configuration files".
Use Splunk CLI
Many configuration options are available via the CLI. These options are documented in the CLI chapter in this manual. You can also get CLI help reference with the
help command while Splunk is running:
For more information about the CLI, refer to "About the CLI" in this manual. If you are unfamiliar with CLI commands, or are working in a Windows environment, you should also check out Differences between *nix and Windows in Splunk operations.
Setup screens for an app
Developers can create setup screens for an app that allow users to set configurations for that app without editing the configuration files directly. Setup screens make it easier to distribute apps to different environments, or to customize an app for a particular usage.
Setup screens use Splunk's REST API to manage the app's configuration files.
For more information about setup screens, refer to Create a setup page for a Splunk app on the Splunk Developer Portal.
Managing a distributed environment
The Splunk deployment server provides centralized management and configuration for distributed environments. You can use it to deploy sets of configuration files or other content to groups of Splunk instances across the enterprise.
For information about managing deployments, refer to the "Updating Splunk Components" manual.
Differences between *nix and Windows in Splunk operations
Deploy Splunk on Windows
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.5.0, 6.5.1, 6.5.1612 (Splunk Cloud only), 6.5.2, 6.5.3, 6.5.4, 6.5.5, 6.6.0, 6.6.1, 6.6.2, 6.6.3, 7.0.0