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Uninstall Splunk

This topic discusses how to remove Splunk from your system.

Before you uninstall, stop Splunk. Navigate to $SPLUNK_HOME/bin and type ./splunk stop (or just splunk stop on Windows).

Uninstall Splunk with your package management utilities

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.

Note: $SPLUNK_HOME refers to the Splunk installation directory. On Windows, this is C:\Program Files\Splunk by default. For most Unix platforms, the default installation directory is /opt/splunk; for Mac OS, it is /Applications/splunk.

RedHat Linux

To uninstall Splunk on RedHat:

rpm -e splunk_product_name

Debian Linux

To uninstall Splunk on Debian:

dpkg -r splunk

To purge (delete everything, including configuration files) on Debian:

dpkg -P splunk

FreeBSD

To uninstall Splunk from the default location on FreeBSD:

pkg_delete splunk

To uninstall Splunk from a different location on FreeBSD:

pkg_delete -p /usr/splunk splunk

Solaris

To uninstall Splunk on Solaris:

pkgrm splunk

HP-UX

To uninstall Splunk on HP-UX, you must stop Splunk, disable boot-start (if you configured it), and then delete the Splunk installation.

Note: The $SPLUNK_HOME variable refers to the directory where you installed Splunk.

1. Stop Splunk:

$SPLUNK_HOME/bin/splunk stop

2. If you enabled boot-start, run the following command as root:

$SPLUNK_HOME/bin/splunk disable boot-start

3. Delete the Splunk installation directories:

rm -rf $SPLUNK_HOME

Other things you may want to delete:

  • If you created any indexes and did not use the Splunk default path, you must delete those directories as well.
  • If you created a user or group for running Splunk, you should also delete them.

Windows

To uninstall Splunk on Windows:

Use the Add or Remove Programs option in the Control Panel. In Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, that option is available under Programs and Features.

You can also uninstall Splunk from the command line by using the msiexec executable against the Splunk installer package:

C:\> msiexec /x splunk-<version>-x64.msi

Note: Under some circumstances, the Microsoft installer might present a reboot prompt during the uninstall process. You can safely ignore this request without rebooting.

Uninstall Splunk manually

If you can't use package management commands, use these instructions to uninstall Splunk.

Note: These instructions will not remove any init scripts that have been created.

1. Stop Splunk.

$SPLUNK_HOME/bin/splunk stop

2. Find and kill any lingering processes that contain "splunk" in its name.

For Linux and Solaris:

kill -9 `ps -ef | grep splunk | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2;}'`

For FreeBSD and Mac OS

kill -9 `ps ax | grep splunk | grep -v grep | awk '{print $1;}'`

3. Remove the Splunk installation directory, $SPLUNK_HOME. For example:

rm -rf /opt/splunk

Note: For Mac OS, you can also remove the installation directory by dragging the folder into the trash.

3. Remove any Splunk datastore or indexes outside the top-level directory, if they exist.

rm -rf /opt/splunkdata

4. Delete the splunk user and group, if they exist.

For Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD:

userdel splunk
groupdel splunk

For Mac OS: You can use the System Preferences > Accounts panel to manage users and groups.

For Windows: Open a command prompt and run the command msiexec /x against the msi package that you installed.

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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.0.3, 5.0.4, 5.0.5, 5.0.6, 5.0.7, 5.0.8, 5.0.9, 5.0.10, 5.0.11, 5.0.12, 5.0.13, 5.0.14, 5.0.15, 5.0.16, 5.0.17, 5.0.18


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