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The rest command reads a Splunk Enterprise REST API endpoint and returns the resource data as a search result.

For more information, see the REST API User Manual and REST API Reference Manual.


rest <rest-uri> [count=<int>] [splunk_server=<string>] [timeout=<int>] (<get-arg-name>=<get-arg-value>)...

Required arguments

Syntax: <uri>
Description: URI path to the Splunk REST API endpoint.
Syntax: <string>
Description: REST argument name.
Syntax: <string>
Description: REST argument value.

Optional arguments

Syntax: count=<int>
Description: Limits the number of results returned. When count=0, there is no limit.
Default: 0
Syntax: splunk_server=<string>
Description: Limits the results to one specific server. Use "local" to refer to the search head.
Syntax: timeout=<int>
Description: Specify the timeout in seconds when waiting for the REST endpoint to respond.
Default: 60


The rest command authenticates using the ID of the person that runs the command.


Example 1: Access saved search jobs.

| rest /services/search/jobs count=0 splunk_server=local | search isSaved=1

Example 2: Add current search user to all events (useful for creating reports that only show events associated with logged in user).

* | head 10 | join [ | rest splunk_server=local /services/authentication/current-context | rename username as auth_user_id | fields auth_user_id ]

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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


Hi Supesleepwalker
The rest command authenticates as the user running the command.

Lstewart splunk, Splunker
December 29, 2015

Does this rest command provide or allow any authentication? Does it authenticate as the current user? Or anonymously?

July 16, 2015

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