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Overview of event processing

The Splunk platform indexes events, which are records of activity that reside in machine data. Events provide information about the systems that produce the machine data. The term event data refers to the contents of a Splunk platform index.

Here is a sample event:

172.26.34.223 - - [01/Jul/2017:12:05:27 -0700] "GET /trade/app?action=logout HTTP/1.1" 200 2953

When Splunk software indexes events, it does the following tasks:

Task Link
Configures character set encoding Configure character set encoding
Configures line breaking for multi-line events Configure event line breaking
Identifies event timestamps and applies timestamps to events if they don't exist Configure event timestamps
Extracts a set of useful standard fields, such as host, source, and sourcetype About default fields
Segments events About event segmentation
Dynamically assigns metadata to events, if specified Assign default fields dynamically
Anonymizes data, if specified Anonymize data

For an overview of the indexing process, see the Indexing overview chapter of the Managing Indexers and Clusters of Indexers manual.

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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk Cloud: 7.0.13, 7.2.10, 8.1.2008, 8.0.2007, 8.0.2006, 8.1.2009, 8.1.2011, 8.1.2012 (latest FedRAMP release), 8.1.2101, 8.1.2103, 8.2.2104


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