About the universal forwarder
Universal forwarders stream data from your machine to a data receiver. Your receiver is usually a Splunk index where you store your Splunk data. You can use the universal forwarder to monitor your data in real time.
Use the universal forwarder to ensure that your data is correctly formatted before sending it to Splunk. You can also manipulate your data before it reaches the indexes or manually add the data.
Benefits of the Universal Forwarder
Universal forwarders provide the following benefits:
- They are highly scalable
- They use significantly less hardware resources than other Splunk products
- You can install thousands of them without impacting network performance and cost
- The universal forwarder does not have a user interface, which helps minimize resource use
Forwarders provide the following capabilities:
- Metadata tagging, including source, source type, and host.
- Configurable buffering
- Data compression
- SSL security
- Use of any available network ports
Compatibility between forwarders and Splunk Enterprise indexers
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Universal Forwarder: 8.2.6, 8.2.7, 8.2.8, 8.2.9, 8.2.10, 8.2.11, 8.2.12, 9.0.0, 9.0.1, 9.0.2, 9.0.3, 9.0.4, 9.0.5, 9.0.6, 9.0.7, 9.1.0, 9.1.1, 9.1.2