How do you want to add data?
The fastest way to add data to your Splunk Enterprise deployment is to use Splunk Web.
The Add Data page
After you log into your Splunk deployment, the Home page appears.
To add data, click Add Data. The Add Data page appears. If your Splunk deployment is a self-service Splunk Cloud deployment, from the system bar, click Settings > Add Data.
There are some conditions where the Add Data page does not appear:
- This instance is part of a search head cluster. See About search head clustering in the Distributed Search manual.
- This instance is a managed Splunk Cloud instance.
There are three options for getting data into your Splunk deployment with Splunk Web: Upload, Monitor, and Forward.
Guided Data Onboarding
The Guided Data Onboarding (GDO) feature also provides end-to-end guidance for getting select data sources into specific Splunk platform deployments.
From your home page in Splunk Web, find the data onboarding guides by clicking Add Data. From there you can select a data source and configuration type. Then view diagrams, high-level steps, and documentation links that help you set up and configure your data source.
You can find all the Guided Data Onboarding manuals by clicking the Add data tab on the Splunk Enterprise Documentation site.
The Upload option lets you upload a file or archive of files for indexing. When you click Upload, Splunk Web goes to a page that starts the upload process. See Upload data.
The Monitor option lets you monitor one or more files, directories, network streams, scripts, Event Logs (on Windows hosts only), performance metrics, or any other type of machine data that the Splunk Enterprise instance has access to. When you click Monitor, Splunk Web loads a page that starts the monitoring process. See Monitor data.
The Forward option lets you receive data from forwarders into your Splunk deployment. When you click on the "Forward" button, Splunk Web takes you to a page that starts the data collection process from forwarders. See Forward data.
The Forward option requires additional configuration. Use it only in a single-instance Splunk environment.
How Splunk Enterprise handles your data
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 7.1.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4, 7.1.5, 7.1.6, 7.1.7, 7.1.8, 7.2.0, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3, 7.2.4, 7.2.5, 7.2.6, 7.2.7, 7.3.0, 7.3.1