Splunk® Enterprise

Installation Manual

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Install on Solaris

You can install Splunk Enterprise on Solaris with a PKG packages, or a tar file.


If you are upgrading, review "How to upgrade Splunk" for instructions and migration considerations before proceeding.

Install Splunk

Splunk Enterprise for Solaris is available as a PKG file or a tar file.

PKG file install

The PKG installation package includes a request file that prompts you to answer a few questions before Splunk installs.

pkgadd -d ./splunk_product_name.pkg

A list of the available packages is displayed.

  • Select the packages you wish to process (the default is "all").

The installer then prompts you to specify a base installation directory.

  • To install into the default directory, /opt/splunk, leave this blank.

PKG file upgrade

To upgrade an existing Splunk Enterprise installation using a PKG file, you should use the instance parameter, either in the system's default package installation configuration file (/var/sadm/install/admin/default) or in a custom configuration file that you define and call.

In the default or custom configuration file, set instance=overwrite. This will prevent the upgrade from creating a second splunk package (with instance=unique), or failing (with instance=quit). For information about the instance parameter, see the Solaris man page (man -s4 admin).

To upgrade Splunk Enterprise using the system's default package installation file, use the same command line as you would for a fresh install.

pkgadd -d  ./splunk_product_name.pkg

The installer prompts you to overwrite any changed files, answer yes to every one.

To upgrade using a custom configuration file, type:

pkgadd -a conf_file -d ./splunk_product_name.pkg

To run the upgrade silently (and not have to answer yes for every file overwrite), type:

pkgadd -n -d  ./splunk_product_name.pkg

tar file install

To install Splunk Enterprise on a Solaris system, expand the tar file into an appropriate directory using the tar command:

tar xvzf splunk_package_name.tar.Z

The default install directory is splunk in the current working directory. To install into /opt/splunk, use the following command:

tar xvzf splunk_package_name.tar.Z -C /opt

Note: When you install Splunk Enterprise with a tar file:

  • Some non-GNU versions of tar might not have the -C argument available. In this case, if you want to install in /opt/splunk, either cd to /opt or place the tar file in /opt before running the tar command. This method will work for any accessible directory on your machine's filesystem.
  • If the gzip binary is not present on your system, you can use the uncompress command instead.
  • Splunk Enterprise does not create the splunk user automatically. If you want it to run as a specific user, you must create the user manually before installing.
  • Ensure that the disk partition has enough space to hold the uncompressed volume of the data you plan to keep indexed.

What gets installed

Splunk package info:

pkginfo -l splunk

List all packages:


Start Splunk

Splunk Enterprise can run as any user on the local system. If you run it as a non-root user, make sure that it has the appropriate permissions to read the inputs that you specify. For more information, refer to the instructions on running Splunk as a non-root user.

To start Splunk Enterprise from the command line interface, run the following command from $SPLUNK_HOME/bin directory (where $SPLUNK_HOME is the directory into which you installed Splunk):

 ./splunk start

By convention, the Splunk documentation uses:

  • $SPLUNK_HOME to identify the path to your Splunk installation.
  • $SPLUNK_HOME/bin/ to indicate the location of the command line interface.

Startup options

The first time you start Splunk Enterprise after a new installation, you must accept the license agreement. To start Splunk Enterprise and accept the license in one step:

 $SPLUNK_HOME/bin/splunk start --accept-license

Note: There are two dashes before the accept-license option.

Launch Splunk Web and log in

After you start Splunk Enterprise and accept the license agreement,

1. In a browser window, access Splunk Web at http://mysplunkhost:port, where:

  • mysplunkhost is the host machine.
  • port is the port you specified during the installation (8000).

2. Splunk Web prompts you for login information (default, username admin and password changeme) before it launches. If you switch to Splunk Free, you will bypass this logon page in future sessions.

What's next?

Now that you've installed Splunk Enterprise, what comes next?

Uninstall Splunk Enterprise

To learn how to uninstall Splunk Enterprise, read "Uninstall Splunk Enterprise" in this manual.

Last modified on 05 February, 2016
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.3.0, 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.3, 6.3.4, 6.3.5, 6.3.6, 6.3.7, 6.3.8, 6.3.9, 6.3.10, 6.3.11, 6.3.12, 6.3.13, 6.3.14

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