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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. For managed deployments, Splunk Support opens port 8089 for REST access. You can specify a range of IP addresses to control who can access the REST API. For self-service deployments, Splunk Support defines a dedicated user and sends you credentials that enable that user to access the REST API.

Using a local account, non-SAML account, you can make calls with the REST API.

Managed Splunk Cloud deployments

Use the following URL for managed 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.


Self-service Splunk Cloud deployments

Use the following URL for self-service deployments. To get the required non-SAML user credentials, submit a support case.


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.

Use cases and examples

Refer to the following use cases and examples to complete tasks with the Splunk Cloud REST API.

The URLs in these examples are formatted for a managed Splunk Cloud deployment. See Accessing the Splunk Cloud REST API for information about formatting your requests for your type of deployment.

Create indexes

Use the /services/cluster_blaster_indexes/sh_indexes_manager endpoint to create an index.

curl -k -u admin:pass https://<deployment-name>.splunkcloud.com:8089/services/cluster_blaster_indexes/sh_indexes_manager -d name=$INDEX_NAME_2 -d maxTotalDataSizeMB=$INDEX_SIZE_MB_2 -d frozenTimePeriodInSecs=$RETENTION_SECONDS_2

Create roles mapped to new indexes

Complete the following steps to create new roles and map them to new indexes.

1. Create index roles:

curl -k -u admin:pass https://<deployment-name>.splunkcloud.com:8089/services/authorization/roles -d name=$INDEX_ROLE_2 -d srchIndexesAllowed=$INDEX_NAME_2 -d srchIndexesDefault=$INDEX_NAME_2

2. Map the index roles to SAML groups:

curl -k -u admin:pass https://<deployment-name>.splunkcloud.com:8089/services/admin/SAML-groups -d name=$SAML_INDEX_ROLE_2 -d roles=$INDEX_ROLE_2

Create empty apps to store knowledge objects

Complete the following steps to create empty apps to store knowledge objects, create new roles that are mapped to those empty apps, and then map the app roles to SAML groups.

1. Create empty apps with Splunk Web.

This action causes an immediate rolling restart of your Splunk Cloud deployment.

2. From the command line, create roles that map to your empty apps:

curl -k -u admin:pass https://<deployment-name>.splunkcloud.com:8089/services/authorization/roles -d name=$APP_ROLE_2

3. Map the app roles to SAML groups:

curl -k -u admin:pass https://<deployment-name>.splunkcloud.com:8089/services/admin/SAML-groups -d name=$SAML_APP_ROLE_2 -d roles=$APP_ROLE_2
Last modified on 04 August, 2020
Managing knowledge objects

This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.3.0, 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.3, 6.3.4, 6.3.5, 6.3.6, 6.3.7, 6.3.8, 6.3.9, 6.3.10, 6.3.11, 6.3.12, 6.3.13, 6.3.14, 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, 6.4.10, 6.4.11, 6.5.0, 6.5.1, 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, 7.0.5, 7.0.6, 7.0.7, 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 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, 7.1.9, 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, 8.0.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.0.3, 8.0.4, 8.0.5, 8.0.6, 8.1.0, 7.0.10, 7.0.13, 7.0.3, 7.0.4

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