Splunk® Enterprise

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Uninstall Splunk Enterprise

This topic discusses how to remove Splunk Enterprise from your system.

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

Uninstall Splunk Enterprise with your package management utilities

Use your local package management commands to uninstall Splunk Enterprise. 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 Enterprise on RedHat:

rpm -e splunk_product_name

Debian Linux

To uninstall Splunk Enterprise on Debian:

dpkg -r splunk

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

dpkg -P splunk


To uninstall Splunk Enterprise from the default location on FreeBSD:

pkg_delete splunk

To uninstall Splunk Enterprise from a different location on FreeBSD:

pkg_delete -p /usr/splunk splunk


To uninstall Splunk Enterprise on Solaris:

pkgrm splunk


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

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

1. Stop Splunk Enterprise:

$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:


Other things you may want to delete:

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


To uninstall Splunk Enterprise 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 Enterprise 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 Enterprise manually

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

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

1. Stop Splunk Enterprise.

$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 Enterprise 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 Enterprise 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.

Last modified on 11 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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