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Loads search results from a specified lookup table.


inputlookup [append=<bool>] [start=<int>] [max=<int>] (<filename> | <tablename>)

Required arguments

Syntax: <string>
Description: The name of the lookup file (must end with .csv or .csv.gz). If the lookup does not exist, Splunk displays a warning message, but it does not generate a syntax error).
Syntax: <string>
Description: The name of the lookup table as specified by a stanza name in transforms.conf. The lookup table can be configured for any lookup type (CSV, external, or KV store).

Optional arguments

Syntax: append=<bool>
Description: If set to true, the data returned from the lookup file is appended to the current set of results rather than replacing it. Defaults to false.
Syntax max=<int>
Description: Specify the maximum number of events to be read from the file. Defaults to 1000000000.
Syntax: start=<int>
Description: Specify the 0-based offset of the first event to read. If start=0, it begins with the first event. If start=4, it begins with the fifth event. Defaults to 0.


Lets you search the contents of a lookup table as specified by a file name (must end with .csv or .csv.gz) or a lookup table configuration in transforms.conf. The lookup table can be a CSV lookup or a KV store lookup.

If append is set to true, Splunk Enterprise appends the data from the lookup file or KV store collection to the current set of results. append is set to false by default, which means that it replaces the current result set with the results from the lookup search.

For more information about lookup table configuration, see "Configure CSV and external lookups" and "Configure KV store lookups" in the Knowledge Manager Manual.

For more information about the App Key Value store, see "About KV store" in the Admin Manual.


Example 1: Read in a usertogroup lookup table that is defined in transforms.conf.

| inputlookup usertogroup

Example 2: Read in a usertogroup table that is defined by a stanza in transforms.conf. Append the fields to any current results.

| inputlookup append=t usertogroup

Example 3: Search the users.csv lookup file (under $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/system/lookups or $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/<app_name>/lookups).

| inputlookup users.csv

Example 4: Search on the contents of the KV store collection kvstorecoll. It is referenced in a lookup table called kvstorecoll_lookup. Provide a count of the events received from the table.

| inputlookup kvstorecoll_lookup | stats count

Example 5: View internal key ID values for the KV store collection kvstorecoll, using the lookup table kvstorecoll_lookup. The internal key ID is a unique identifier for each record in the collection. This requires usage of the eval and table commands.

| inputlookup kvstorecoll_lookup | eval CustKey = _key | table CustKey, CustName, CustStreet, CustCity, CustState, CustZip

Example 6: Update field values for a single KV store collection record. This requires usage of inputlookup, outputlookup, and eval. The record is indicated by the its internal key ID (the _key field) and this search updates the record with a new customer name and customer city. The record belongs to the KV store collection kvstorecoll, which is accessed through the lookup table kvstorecoll_lookup.

| inputlookup kvstorecoll_lookup | search _key=544948df3ec32d7a4c1d9755 | eval CustName="Marge Simpson" | eval CustCity="Springfield" | outputlookup kvstorecoll_lookup append=True

Example 7: Write the contents of a CSV file to the KV store collection kvstorecoll using the lookup table kvstorecoll_lookup. This requires usage of both inputlookup and outputlookup.

| inputlookup customers.csv | outputlookup kvstorecoll_lookup

See also

inputcsv, join, lookup, outputlookup


Have questions? Visit Splunk Answers and see what questions and answers the Splunk community has using the inputlookup command.

Last modified on 28 April, 2015

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.2.0, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.4, 6.2.5, 6.2.6, 6.2.7, 6.2.8, 6.2.9, 6.2.10, 6.2.11, 6.2.12

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