Splunk® App for AWS

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On July 15, 2022, the Splunk App for AWS will reach its end of life (EOL). After this date, Splunk will no longer maintain or develop this product. Splunk App for AWS is used for both IT monitoring and security use cases because it provides dashboards for both ITOps and security teams. The IT monitoring functionality in Splunk App for AWS is migrating to a content pack in Data Integrations called the Content Pack for Amazon Web Services Dashboards and Reports. The security use case functionality in Splunk App for AWS is migrating to the new Splunk App for AWS Security Dashboards. For more about migration options, see this community post.
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Get your data for the Splunk App for AWS

Work with the dashboards

Use the dashboards provided by the Splunk App for AWS to access and analyze your data.

See "Overview of the dashboards in the Splunk App for AWS" for an introduction to the dashboards and some tips for troubleshooting if you do not see your data.

Work with alerts

The Splunk App for AWS includes thirteen preconfigured alerts that can be used to monitor CloudTrail events.

Use them as templates to build your own alerts, or simply enable them. For example, if you would like to get a notification when an IAM role is deleted, enable CloudTrail Alert: IAM: Create/Delete Roles.


Access reports

The Splunk App for AWS includes two reports based on saved searches that are enabled by default when you start collecting data with this app.

  • CloudTrail EventName Generator is used to extract the eventname from CloudTrail for use in the aws-action-status-lookup.csv, which supports CIM-compliance for the action and status fields.
  • Config: Topology Data Generator is used to generate data for the Topology dashboard.

In most cases, you do not need to run these reports manually. Both of them are scheduled to run every twenty minutes on the hour, twenty minutes past the hour, and forty minutes past the hour. If you want to refresh the data sooner, you can run them manually. However, AWS does not deliver CloudTrail or Config data in real time, so you may experience a one to two hour delay before it arrives in your S3 bucket regardless of when you last ran these reports.


As with any data source, you can search the raw data in the Splunk platform. For a full list of source types to use in your searches, see "What data the Splunk App for AWS collects" in the Installation and Configuration manual.

Last modified on 28 January, 2016
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® App for AWS: 4.0.0

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