Install on AIX
This topic will guide you through installing Splunk on the AIX platform.
Important: The user Splunk is installed as must have permission to read
/dev/random or the installation will fail.
The AIX install comes in tarball form.
To install Splunk on AIX, expand the tarball into an appropriate directory using the
tar xvzf splunk_package_name.tgz
The default install directory is
splunk in the current working directory. To install into
/opt/splunk, use the following command:
tar xvzf splunk_package_name.tgz -C /opt
Note: When you install Splunk with a tarball:
- We recommend you use GNU tar to unpack the tarballs, as AIX tar can fail to unpack long file names, fail to overwrite files, and other problems. If you must use the system tar, be sure to check the output for error messages.
- Some non-GNU versions of
taralso might not have the
-Cargument available. In this case, if you want to install in
/optor place the tarball in
/optbefore running the
tarcommand. This method will work for any accessible directory on your machine's filesystem.
- Splunk does not create the
splunkuser automatically. If you want Splunk to run as a specific user, you must create the user manually before installing.
- Ensure that the disk partition has enough space to hold the uncompressed volume of the data you plan to keep indexed.
For AIX 5.3, check to make sure your service packs are up to date. Splunk requires the following service level:
$ oslevel -r 5300-005
Splunk can run as any user on the local system. If you run Splunk as a non-root user, make sure that Splunk has the appropriate permissions to read the inputs that you specify. Refer to the instructions for running Splunk as a non-root user for more information.
To start Splunk from the command line interface, run the following command from
$SPLUNK_HOME/bin directory (where $SPLUNK_HOME is the directory into which you installed Splunk):
By convention, this document uses:
$SPLUNK_HOMEto identify the path to your Splunk installation.
$SPLUNK_HOME/bin/to indicate the location of the command line interface.
Note: The AIX version of Splunk does not register itself to auto-start on reboot.
The first time you start Splunk after a new installation, you must accept the license agreement. To start Splunk and accept the license in one step:
$SPLUNK_HOME/bin/splunk start --accept-license
Note: There are two dashes before the
For more information, refer to "Splunk startup options" in this manual.
Launch Splunk Web and log in
After you start Splunk and accept the license agreement,1. In a browser window, access Splunk Web at
hostnameis the host machine.
portis the port you specified during the installation (the default port is 8000).
2. Splunk Web prompts you for login information (default, username
admin and password
changeme) before it launches. If you switch to Splunk Free, you will bypass this logon page in future sessions.
Now that you've installed Splunk, what comes next?
Manage your license
If you are performing a new installation of Splunk or switching from one license type to another, you must update your license.
Use your local package management commands to uninstall Splunk. In most cases, files that were not originally installed by the package will be retained. These files include your configuration and index files which are under your installation directory.
Install on FreeBSD
Install on HP-UX
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 4.3, 4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.3.3, 4.3.4, 4.3.5, 4.3.6, 4.3.7