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Use the lookup command to invoke field value lookups.

For information about the types of lookups you can define, see About lookups in the Knowledge Manager Manual.


lookup [local=<bool>] [update=<bool>] <lookup-table-name> ( <lookup-field> [AS <event-field>] )... [ OUTPUT | OUTPUTNEW (<lookup-destfield> [AS <event-destfield>] )... ]

Note: The lookup command can accept multiple lookup and event fields and destfields. For example:

...| lookup <lookup-table-name> <lookup-field1> AS <event-field1>, <lookup-field2> AS <event-field2> OUTPUTNEW <lookup-destfield1> AS <event-destfield1>, <lookup-destfield2> AS <event-destfield2>

Required arguments

Syntax: <string>
Description: Refers to a stanza name in the transforms.conf file. This stanza specifies the location of the lookup table file.

Optional arguments

Syntax: local=<bool>
Description: If local=true, forces the lookup to run on the search head and not on any remote peers.
Default: false
Syntax: update=<bool>
Description: If the lookup table is modified on disk while the search is running, real-time searches do not automatically reflect the update. To do this, specify update=true. This does not apply to searches that are not real-time searches. This implies that local=true.
Default: false
Syntax: <string>
Description: Refers to a field in the lookup table to match against the events. You can specify multiple <lookup-field> values.
Syntax: <string>
Description: Refers to a field the events from which to acquire the value to match in the lookup table. You can specify multiple <event-field> values.
Default: The value of the <lookup-field>.
Syntax: <string>
Description: Refers to a field in the lookup table to be copied into the events. You can specify multiple <lookup-destfield> values.
Syntax: <string>
Description: A field in the events. You can specify multiple <event-destfield> values.
Default: The value of the <lookup-destfield> argument.


When using the lookup command, if an OUTPUT or OUTPUTNEW clause is not specified, all of the fields in the lookup table that are not the match field are used as output fields. If the OUTPUT clause is specified, the output lookup fields overwrite existing fields. If the OUTPUTNEW clause is specified, the lookup is not performed for events in which the output fields already exist.

Optimizing your lookup search

If you are using the lookup command in the same pipeline as a transforming command, and it is possible to retain the field you will lookup on after the transforming command, do the lookup after the transforming command. For example, run:

sourcetype=access_* | stats count by status | lookup status_desc status OUTPUT description

and not:

sourcetype=access_* | lookup status_desc status OUTPUT description | stats count by description

The lookup in the first search is faster because it only needs to match the results of the stats command and not all the Web access events.

Basic example

1. Lookup users and return the corresponding group the user belongs to

There is a lookup table specified in a stanza named usertogroup in the transforms.conf file. This lookup table contains (at least) two fields, user and group. For each event, the following search looks up the value of the field local_user in the table. For any entries that match, the value of the group field in the lookup table is written to the field user_group in the event.

... | lookup usertogroup user as local_user OUTPUT group as user_group

Extended example

2. Lookup price and vendor information and return the count for each product sold by a vendor

Note: This example uses the Buttercup Games data (tutorialdata.zip) and lookup file (prices.csv) from the Search Tutorial. In addition, this example uses the vendors.csv file. To follow along with this example with your Splunk deployment, download these files and complete the steps in the Use field lookups section of the tutorial for both the prices.csv and the vendors.csv files. When you create the lookup definition for the vendors.csv file, name the lookup vendors_lookup. You can skip the step in the tutorial that makes the lookups automatic.

This example calculates the count of each product sold by each vendor.

The prices.csv files contains the product names, price, and code. For example:

productId product_name price sale_price Code
DB-SG-G01 Mediocre Kingdoms 24.99 19.99 A
DC-SG-G02 Dream Crusher 39.99 24.99 B
FS-SG-G03 Final Sequel 24.99 16.99 C
WC-SH-G04 World of Cheese 24.99 19.99 D

The vendors.csv file contains vendor information, such as vendor name, city, and ID. For example:

Vendor VendorCity VendorID VendorLatitude VendorLongitude Vendor StateProvince Vendor Country Weight
Anchorage Gaming Anchorage 1001 61.17440033 -149.9960022 Alaska United States 3
Games of Salt Lake Salt Lake City 1002 40.78839874 -111.9779968 Utah United States 3
New Jack Games New York 1003 40.63980103 -73.77890015 New York United States 4
Seals Gaming San Francisco 1004 37.61899948 -122.375 California United States 5

Use the time range All time.

The following search queries the vendor_sales.log file, which is part of the tutorialdata.zip file. The vendor_sales.log file contains the VendorID, Code, and AcctID fields. For example:

[05/Apr/2017:18:24:02] VendorID=5036 Code=B AcctID=6024298300471575

sourcetype=vendor_* | stats count by Code VendorID | lookup prices_lookup Code OUTPUTNEW product_name

The stats command is used to calculate the count by Code and VendorID. The prices_lookup is used to match the Code field in each event and return the product names.

This image shows the results of the search in the Statistics tab. There are more than 30,000 events returned. There are four columns in the output. The first column contains the Code values. The second column contains the Vendor IDs. The third column contains the count by Vendor ID.  The last column contains the names of the products.

Extend the search. Use the table command to return only the fields that you need. In this case you want the product_name, VendorID, and count fields. Use the vendors_lookup file to output all the fields in the vendors.csv file that match the VendorID in each event.

sourcetype=vendor_* | stats count by Code VendorID | lookup prices_lookup Code OUTPUTNEW product_name | table product_name VendorID count | lookup vendors_lookup VendorID

This search produces a table displayed on the Statistics tab.

This image shows the results of the search in the Statistics tab. The search returns nine columns: product name, vendor ID, vendor, vendor city, vendor country, vendor latitude, vendor longitude, vendor state or province, and weight.

To expand the search to display the results on a map, see the geostats command.

See also


Related topics:
About lookups in the Knowledge Manager Manual


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

Last modified on 29 March, 2018

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.5.7, 7.0.0, 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.0.3, 7.0.4, 7.0.5, 7.0.6, 7.0.7, 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 7.0.10, 7.0.11, 7.0.13

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