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Identify transactions

A transaction is a meta-event, a collection of events that you want to group together. Transactions can span multiple sources.

A transaction type is a configured type of transaction that is saved as a field in Splunk.

A common transaction search use is to group multiple events into a single meta-event that represents a single physical event. For example, an out of memory problem could trigger several database events to be logged, and they can all be grouped together into a transaction. Use the transaction command to define a transaction or override transaction options specified in transactiontypes.conf.

Example: Run a search that groups together all of the web pages a single user (or client IP address) looked at, over a time range.

This search takes events from the access logs, and creates a transaction from events that share the same clientip value that occurred within 5 minutes of each other (within a 3 hour time span).

sourcetype=access_combined | transaction fields=clientip maxpause=5m maxspan=3h

For more information, including use cases and examples, see the "Group events into transactions" chapter of the Knowledge Manager manual.

Use field lookups to add information to your events
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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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