Install a license
After you install Splunk Enterprise, you must install a license within 60 days to continue using all of the features of the product.
Before you proceed, you might want to review these topics on licensing:
- See How Splunk licensing works in the Admin Manual for an introduction to Splunk licensing.
- See Allocate license volume in the Admin Manual for information about allocating license volume across Splunk Enterprise instances.
- See Types of Splunk software licenses in the Admin Manual to compare license types and learn which licenses can be combined, and which cannot.
Add a new license
If you install a Dev/Test license with an Enterprise license, the Enterprise license file will be replaced.
- Navigate to Settings > Licensing.
- Click Add license.
- Either click Choose file and navigate to your license file and select it, or click copy & paste the license XML directly... and paste the text of your license file into the provided field.
- Click Install. Splunk Enterprise installs your license.
- If this is the first Enterprise license that you are installing, restart Splunk Enterprise.
License violations occur when you exceed the maximum daily indexing volume allowed for your license. If you exceed your licensed daily volume on any one calendar day, you receive a violation warning. The warning persists for 14 days. If you incur 5 or more warnings on an Enterprise license or 3 warnings on a Free license in a rolling 30-day period, you are in violation of your license.
Unless you have a Splunk Enterprise 6.5.0 or later "no-enforcement" license, Splunk Enterprise disables search for the offending license pools. Search capabilities return when you have fewer than 5 (Enterprise) or 3 (Free) warnings in the previous 30 days, or when you apply a temporary reset license (available for Enterprise only). To obtain a reset or "no-enforcement" license, contact your sales rep.
Summary indexing volume does not count against your license.
If you get a violation warning, you have until midnight (using the time on the license master) to resolve it before it counts against the total number of warnings within the rolling 30-day period.
During a license violation period:
- Splunk never stops indexing your data. Splunk only blocks search while you exceed your license.
- Splunk does not disable searches to the
_internalindex. This means that you can still access the Indexing Status dashboard or run searches against
_internalto diagnose the licensing problem.
More licensing information is available in the "Manage Splunk licenses" chapter in the Admin Manual.
About Splunk Enterprise licenses
How to upgrade Splunk Enterprise
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 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, 6.5.7, 6.5.8, 6.5.9, 6.5.10, 6.6.0, 6.6.1, 6.6.2, 6.6.3, 6.6.4, 6.6.5, 6.6.6, 6.6.7, 6.6.8, 6.6.9, 6.6.10, 6.6.11, 6.6.12, 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, 7.1.0, 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, 7.2.8, 7.3.0, 7.3.1