Compatibility between forwarders and Splunk Enterprise indexers
The following table shows which versions of forwarder and indexer are compatible. A best practice is to use indexers with versions that are the same or higher than forwarder versions.
Determine forwarder-indexer compatibility
The following are the supported forwarder versions for Splunk Enterprise. This information is applicable to universal and heavy forwarders that are communicating directly to indexers and cluster peers, and includes forwarders deployed in an intermediate forwarding tier. If the forwarder version you want to use is not in this table, then there is no support for it. See Product Supported Version Timelines on splunk.com. As a best practice, forwarders should communicate with indexers that are the same or higher version.
This table applies to Splunk Enterprise only. Splunk Cloud Platform forwarder compatibility information is provided in Supported Forwarder Versions in the Splunk Cloud Platform Service Description manual.
- E - Events. This version of forwarder can send event data to the corresponding version of indexer.
- H - HTTPOUT. This version of forwarder can send event data from Splunk instance to Splunk instance (S2S) over Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS).
- M - Metrics. This version of forwarder can send both event data and metrics data to the corresponding version of indexer.
- S - SSL change required. This version of forwarder can send event data to this version of indexer only if you change the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) version and cipher suite on the forwarder.
- An empty cell indicates that Splunk does not support sending any type of data from this version of forwarder to the corresponding version of indexer.
|Splunk Enterprise indexer version|
|6.0.x-6.2.x (Unsupported)||E, S|
|6.3.x-6.6.x (Limited support)||E|
|7.x||E, M||E, M||E, M||E, M|
|8.0.x||E||E, M||E, M||E, M|
|8.1.x||E||E, M||E, H, M||E, H, M|
|8.2.x||E||E, M||E, H, M||E, H, M|
The table provides version 6.x compatibility for universal forwarders only. Version 6.x forwarders are compatible with higher versions of indexer, but Splunk will not provide support for version 6.0.x - 6.2.x forwarders. Version 6.3.x - 6.6.x universal forwarders have limited support through June 4, 2021.
For app-specific compatibility restrictions, see the app documentation on Splunkbase.
Example forwarder deployment topologies
How to forward data to Splunk Light
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Universal Forwarder: 8.0.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.0.3, 8.0.4, 8.0.5, 8.0.6, 8.0.7, 8.0.8, 8.0.9, 8.0.10, 8.1.0, 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 8.1.6