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Configure alerts in savedsearches.conf

You can use Splunk Web to configure most alerts. If you have Splunk Enterprise, you can configure alerts by editing savedsearches.conf. Before configuring an alert with savedsearches.conf, review the following topics in the Admin Manual.

Configuration file paths

Create or edit savedsearches.conf in the local directory.

$SPLUNK_HOME/etc/system/local/

For apps, create or edit savedsearches.conf in the application directory.

$SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/


Example savedsearches.conf stanza

Alerts use a saved search to look for events. savedsearches.conf contains a stanza for each saved search. The following example shows the stanza for a saved search with its alert action settings. In this case, the alert sends an email notification when it triggers.

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# send an email notification
action.email = 1
action.email.message.alert = The alert condition for '$name$' in the $app$ fired with $job.resultCount$ error events.
action.email.to = address@example.com
action.email.useNSSubject = 1

alert.suppress = 0
alert.track = 0

counttype = number of events
quantity = 5
relation = greater than

# run every day at 14:00
cron_schedule = 0 14 * * *

#search for results in the last day
dispatch.earliest_time = -1d
dispatch.latest_time = now

display.events.fields = ["host","source","sourcetype","latitude"]
display.page.search.mode = verbose
display.visualizations.charting.chart = area
display.visualizations.type = mapping

enableSched = 1

request.ui_dispatch_app = search
request.ui_dispatch_view = search
search = index=_internal " error " NOT debug source=*splunkd.log* earliest=-7d latest=now
disabled = 1

For more information, see the savedsearches.conf example in the Admin Manual.

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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.4.0, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 6.4.3, 6.4.4, 6.4.5, 6.4.6, 6.4.7, 6.4.8, 6.4.9, 6.5.0, 6.5.1, 6.5.1612 (Splunk Cloud only), 6.5.2, 6.5.3, 6.5.4, 6.5.5, 6.5.6, 6.6.0, 6.6.1, 6.6.2, 6.6.3, 6.6.4, 7.0.0


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