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Splunk Enterprise version 8.2 will no longer be supported as of September 30, 2023. See the Splunk Software Support Policy for details. For information about upgrading to a supported version, see How to upgrade Splunk Enterprise.
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List of configuration files

The following is a list of some of the available spec and example files associated with each conf file. Some conf files do not have spec or example files; contact Support before editing a conf file that does not have an accompanying spec or example file.

Caution: Do not edit the default copy of any conf file in $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/system/default/. See How to edit a configuration file.

File Purpose
alert_actions.conf Create an alert.
app.conf Configure app properties
audit.conf Configure auditing and event hashing. This feature is not available for this release.
authentication.conf Toggle between Splunk's built-in authentication or LDAP, and configure LDAP.
authorize.conf Configure roles, including granular access controls.
bookmarks.conf Bookmark monitoring console URLs.
checklist.conf Customize monitoring console health check.
collections.conf Configure KV Store collections for apps.
commands.conf Create custom search commands for apps in Splunk Cloud Platform or Splunk Enterprise using the Developer Guide on the Developer Portal.
datamodels.conf Attribute/value pairs for configuring data models.
default.meta Set permissions for objects in a Splunk app.
deploymentclient.conf Specify behavior for clients of the deployment server.
distsearch.conf Specify behavior for distributed search.
event_renderers.conf Configure event-rendering properties.
eventtypes.conf Create event type definitions.
federated.conf Create federated providers for the purpose of setting up federated search between two or more Splunk platform deployments.
fields.conf Create multivalue fields and add search capability for indexed fields.
global-banner.conf Display a global banner on all pages in Splunk Web.
health.conf Set the default thresholds for proactive Splunk component monitoring.
indexes.conf Manage and configure index settings.
inputs.conf Set up data inputs.
instance.cfg Designate and manage settings for specific instances of Splunk. This can be handy, for example, when identifying forwarders for internal searches.
limits.conf Set various limits (such as maximum result size or concurrent real-time searches) for search commands.
literals.conf Customize the text, such as search error strings, displayed in Splunk Web.
macros.conf Define search macros in Settings.
messages.conf Customize Splunk Web messages.
metric_rollups.conf Set attribute/value pairs for metric rollup policy entries.
multikv.conf Configure extraction rules for table-like events (ps, netstat, ls).
outputs.conf Set up forwarding behavior.
passwords.conf Maintain the credential information for an app.
procmon-filters.conf Monitor Windows process data.
props.conf Set indexing property configurations, including timezone offset, custom source type rules, and pattern collision priorities. Also, map transforms to event properties.
pubsub.conf Define a custom client of the deployment server.
restmap.conf Create custom REST endpoints.
savedsearches.conf Define ordinary reports, scheduled reports, and alerts.
searchbnf.conf Configure the search assistant.
segmenters.conf Configure segmentation.
server.conf Contains a wide variety of settings for configuring the overall state of a Splunk Enterprise instance. For example, the file includes settings for enabling SSL, configuring nodes of an indexer cluster or a search head cluster, configuring KV store, and setting up a license master.
serverclass.conf Define deployment server classes for use with deployment server.
serverclass.seed.xml.conf Configure how to seed a deployment client with apps at start-up time.
source-classifier.conf Terms to ignore (such as sensitive data) when creating a source type.
sourcetypes.conf Machine-generated file that stores source type learning rules.
tags.conf Configure tags for fields.
telemetry.conf Enable apps to collect telemetry data about app usage and other properties.
times.conf Define custom time ranges for use in the Search app.
transactiontypes.conf Add additional transaction types for transaction search.
transforms.conf Configure regex transformations to perform on data inputs. Use in tandem with props.conf.
ui-prefs.conf Change UI preferences for a view. Includes changing the default earliest and latest values for the time range picker.
user-seed.conf Set a default user and password.
visualizations.conf List the visualizations that an app makes available to the system.
viewstates.conf Use this file to set up UI views (such as charts).
web.conf Configure Splunk Web, enable HTTPS.
wmi.conf Set up Windows management instrumentation (WMI) inputs.
workflow_actions.conf Configure workflow actions.
workload_policy.conf Enable or disable admission rules in workload management.
workload_pools.conf Configure workload pools (compute and memory resource groups) that you can assign to searches in workload management.
workload_rules.conf Configure workload rules to define access and priority for workload pools in workload management.
Last modified on 29 January, 2022
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 8.2.0, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5, 8.2.6, 8.2.7, 8.2.8, 8.2.9, 8.2.10, 8.2.11, 8.2.12

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