Configure alerts in savedsearches.conf
You can use Splunk Web to configure most alerts. If you have Splunk Enterprise, you can configure alerts by editing savedsearches.conf. For reference, see savedsearches.conf in the Splunk Enterprise Admin Manual.
- Only users with file system access, such as system administrators, can configure alerts using configuration files.
- Review the steps in How to edit a configuration file in the Splunk Enterprise Admin Manual.
- You can have configuration files with the same name in your default, local, and app directories. Read Where you can place (or find) your modified configuration files in the Splunk Enterprise Admin Manual.
Never change or copy the configuration files in the default directory. The files in the default directory must remain intact and in their original location. Make changes to the files in the local directory.
Configuration file paths
Create or edit savedsearches.conf in the local directory:
For apps, create or edit savedsearches.conf in the application directory:
Example savedsearches.conf stanza
Alerts use a saved search to look for events. savedsearches.conf contains a stanza for each saved search. The following example shows the stanza for a saved search with its alert action settings. In this case, the alert sends an email notification when it triggers.
[Too Many Errors Today] # send an email notification action.email = 1 action.email.message.alert = The alert condition for '$name$' in the $app$ fired with $job.resultCount$ error events. action.email.to = firstname.lastname@example.org action.email.useNSSubject = 1 alert.suppress = 0 alert.track = 0 counttype = number of events quantity = 5 relation = greater than # run every day at 14:00 cron_schedule = 0 14 * * * #search for results in the last day dispatch.earliest_time = -1d dispatch.latest_time = now display.events.fields = ["host","source","sourcetype","latitude"] display.page.search.mode = verbose display.visualizations.charting.chart = area display.visualizations.type = mapping enableSched = 1 request.ui_dispatch_app = search request.ui_dispatch_view = search search = index=_internal " error " NOT debug source=*splunkd.log* earliest=-7d latest=now disabled = 1
For an example of configuring alerts, see the savedsearches.conf.example file in the Splunk Enterprise Admin Manual.
Configure a script for an alert action
This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk Cloud™: 7.2.4, 8.1.2009, 7.2.7, 7.2.8, 7.2.9, 8.0.2006, 8.0.2007, 8.1.2008, 7.2.6, 7.2.10