Splunk® Enterprise

Developing Dashboards, Views, and Apps for Splunk Web

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Extend Splunk

There are several ways you can extend Splunk using the Splunk SDKs, the Splunk REST API, and custom search commands.

Splunk SDKs

Splunk provides a growing list of SDKs that you can use to write applications in third party software that access the Splunk REST API. [Splunk for Developers], the Splunk developer portal, provides details on the available SDKs plus documentation on how to build applications using the SDKs. The SDKs that are currently available include:

  • Python SDK
  • Java SDK
  • JavaScript SDK


You can use the Splunk REST API to run searches or manage Splunk configurations and objects without accessing Splunk through Splunk Web.

Custom search commands

Splunk ships with a wide variety of search commands. However, you may want to build your own custom search command to parse and present data in a new way. Custom search commands requires a moderate understanding of Python.

Note: Search commands are not recursive -- they only act on the data they receive back from the search.
Example script that polls a database
Splunk SDKs

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

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