Splunk® Enterprise

REST API Tutorials

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Access requirements and limitations for the Splunk Cloud REST API

After you request access, you can use a limited subset of the Splunk Enterprise REST API endpoints with your Splunk Cloud deployment.

Accessing the Splunk Cloud REST API

To access your Splunk Cloud deployment using the Splunk REST API and SDKs, submit a case requesting access using the Splunk Support Portal. Splunk Support opens port 8089 for REST access. You can specify a range of IP addresses to control who can access the REST API.

You can make calls with the REST API with a local account or an LDAP account. SAML accounts cannot access the REST API. Free trial Splunk Cloud accounts cannot access the REST API.

Use the following URL for Splunk Cloud deployments. If necessary, submit a support case to open port 8089 on your deployment. Please include the IP Addresses/CIDR Ranges you would like to have access from.


Provide your own certificate

Optionally, you can provide your own certificate for the API port. To use your own certificate, submit a case using the Splunk Support Portal. You can request your own cert at the time that you request access to the REST API, or at a later time.

Administrative role limitations

The Splunk Cloud administrative role sc_admin is restricted from performing the following types of tasks using Splunk Web, the command line interface, or the REST API:  

  • Modifying configuration of deployment servers, client configuration, and distributed components, such as indexers, search heads, and clustering.
  • Restarting a Splunk Cloud deployment
  • Executing debug commands
  • Installing apps and modifying app configurations

REST API access limitations

As a Splunk Cloud user, you are restricted to interacting with the search tier only with the REST API. You cannot access other tiers by using the REST API. Splunk Support manages all tiers other than the search tier.

To access to endpoints and REST operations, you need to authenticate with your username and password.

Refer to the following table to see which resource groups have full, partial, or no support in Splunk Cloud. In groups with partial support, typically the endpoints that are not supported are those that interact with a tier other than the search tier.

Category Support level Description
Access control Partial Authorize and authenticate users.
Applications None Install applications and application templates.
Clusters None Configure and manage indexer clusters and search head clusters.
Configuration Partial Manage configuration files and settings.
Deployment None Manage deployment servers and clients.
Inputs None Manage data input.
Introspection None Access system properties.
Knowledge Full Define indexed and searched data configurations.
KV store None Manage app key-value store (KV store).
Licensing None Manage licensing configurations.
Metrics Partial Enumerate metrics.
Outputs None Manage forwarder data configuration.
Search Full Manage searches and search-generated alerts and view objects.
System Partial Manage server configuration.
Workload management Partial Manage system resources for search workloads.
Last modified on 12 January, 2021
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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, 7.1.9, 7.1.10, 7.2.0, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3, 7.2.4, 7.2.5, 7.2.6, 7.2.7, 7.2.8, 7.2.9, 7.2.10, 7.3.0, 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.3, 7.3.4, 7.3.5, 7.3.6, 7.3.7, 7.3.8, 7.3.9, 8.0.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.0.3, 8.0.4, 8.0.5, 8.0.6, 8.0.7, 8.0.8, 8.0.9, 8.0.10, 8.1.0

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