Splunk® Enterprise

Admin Manual

Use the CLI to administer a remote Splunk Enterprise instance

You can use the -uri argument with any CLI command to send that command to another Splunk Enterprise instance and view the results on your local instance.

Read this topic to learn about the following concepts:

  • Syntax for using the uri argument.
  • How the CLI verifies the host name of the remote server you are connecting to
  • CLI commands that you cannot use remotely.

Remote CLI access is disabled by default for the admin user until you have changed its default password.

The CLI verifies the host names of machines to which it connects over TLS

In version 9.0.0 and higher of Splunk Enterprise, the CLI verifies the host name of the machine you connect to using the -uri argument. This validation check also happens on the local instance if you use the -uri argument to connect locally.

If the machine does not have valid transport layer security (TLS) certificates installed and configured, the remote CLI connection fails. Failed connections do not return any information from the remote instance.

You can temporarily disable TLS host name verification by using the -no-host-name-check argument within the CLI command, but this reduces security overall and subjects you to potential cyberattacks between the instance on which you run the CLI and the instance to which the CLI attempts to connect.

For more information on TLS certificates and how to obtain, install, and configure them, see About securing the Splunk platform with TLS in Securing the Splunk Platform.

Enable remote access

If you run Splunk Free, which has no login credentials, remote access is disabled by default until you've edited the [general] stanza of the $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/system/local/server.conf configuration file, and set the following value:


The add oneshot command works on local instances but cannot be used remotely.

For more information about editing configuration files, see About configuration files in this manual.

Send CLI commands to a remote server

The general syntax for using the uri parameter with any CLI command is:

./splunk command object [-parameter <value>]... [-no-host-name-check] -uri <specified-server> 

The uri value, specified-server is formatted as:


Also, the name_of_server can be the fully resolved domain name or the IP address of the remote Splunk Enterprise instance.

This uri value is the mgmtHostPort value that you defined in the web.conf configuration file on the remote Splunk Enterprise instance. For more information, see the web.conf reference.

For general information about the CLI, see About the CLI and Get help with the CLI in this manual.

Search a remote instance

The following example returns search results from the remote "splunkserver".

./splunk search "host=fflanda error 404 *.gif" -uri https://splunkserver:8089

For details on syntax for searching using the CLI, refer to About CLI searches in the Search Reference Manual.

View apps installed on a remote instance

The following example returns the list of apps that are installed on the remote "splunkserver".

./splunk display app -uri https://splunkserver:8089

Change your default URI value

You can set a default URI value using the SPLUNK_URI environment variable. If you change this value to be the URI of the remote server, you do not need to include the uri parameter each time you want to access that remote server.

To change the value of SPLUNK_URI, type either:

$ export SPLUNK_URI=[http|https]://name_of_server:management_port     # For Unix shells
C:\> set SPLUNK_URI=[http|https]://name_of_server:management_port     # For Windows shell

For the examples above, you can change your SPLUNK_URI value by typing:

$ export SPLUNK_URI=https://splunkserver:8089

CLI commands you cannot run remotely

You can run most CLI commands remotely, with a few exceptions.

You cannot remotely run commands that control the server. These server control commands include:

  • start, stop, restart
  • status, version

In addition, you cannot run these commands remotely:

  • add, edit, list, remove search-server
  • add oneshot

You can view all CLI commands by accessing the CLI help reference. See Get help with the CLI in this manual.

Last modified on 12 April, 2023
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 9.0.0, 9.0.1, 9.0.2, 9.0.3, 9.0.4, 9.0.5, 9.0.6, 9.0.7, 9.0.8, 9.0.9, 9.0.10, 9.1.0, 9.1.1, 9.1.2, 9.1.3, 9.1.4, 9.1.5, 9.2.0, 9.2.1, 9.2.2

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