About forwarding and receiving
You can forward data from one Splunk Enterprise instance to another Splunk Enterprise instance or even to a non-Splunk system. The Splunk instance that performs the forwarding is called a forwarder.
There are several types of forwarders. See Types of forwarders to learn about each of them. To enable forwarding, see Enable forwarding on a Splunk Enterprise instance
A Splunk instance that receives data from one or more forwarders is called a receiver. The receiver is often a Splunk indexer, but can also be another forwarder.
If you already know about forwarders and want the instructions on how to install them, see:
- Install a Windows universal forwarder from an installer in the Forwarder Manual.
- Install a *nix universal forwarder in the Forwarder Manual.
- Deploy a heavy forwarder
Sample forwarding layout
This diagram shows three forwarders that send data to a single receiver (an indexer), which then indexes the data and makes it available for searching:
Forwarders represent a much more robust solution for data forwarding than raw network feeds, with their capabilities for:
- Tagging of metadata (source, source type, and host)
- Configurable buffering
- Data compression
- SSL security
- Use of any available network ports
The forwarding and receiving capability makes possible all sorts of interesting topologies. You can build environments to handle functions like data consolidation, load balancing, and data routing.
Learn more about forwarding and receiving
- To learn more about the fundamentals of Splunk Enterprise distributed deployment, see the Distributed Deployment Manual.
- For more information on the types of deployment topologies that you can create with forwarders, see Forwarder deployment topologies in this manual.
- To learn about what intermediate forwarding is, see Intermediate forwarding in this manual.
- To learn about the different types of forwarders available, see Types of forwarders.
- To learn about universal forwarders, see the Universal Forwarder manual.
Types of forwarders
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, 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 8.1.6, 8.1.7, 8.1.8, 8.1.9, 8.1.10, 8.1.11, 8.1.12, 8.1.13, 8.1.14, 8.2.0, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5, 8.2.6
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