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Install Splunk Light using Linux

The topic includes instructions for installing Splunk Light on Linux using the RPM package, the DEB package, or the .tgz file.

You can download Splunk Light from Splunk.com.

Before you install

Do not install Splunk Light on a system that currently has Splunk Enterprise installed.

Create the splunk user

When you run the installation as root and use the RPM package or the DEB package, Splunk Light creates the splunk user.

Check user permissions

After you create the Splunk user, make sure that it has permissions to read and execute the installer file.

Decide where to install Splunk

The RPM and DEB packages install Splunk Light into /opt/splunk by default. You can specify another directory for the RPM install.

The .tgz file installs into the current working directory. If you want to install it into another directory, move the file there before you install.

Install Splunk Light using the RPM package

To follow these installation instructions, replace splunk_package_name.rpm with the name of the installer package you downloaded.

1. Run the rpm command.

Use the folllowing to install Splunk Light into the default directory.

 rpm -i splunk_package_name.rpm

Use --prefix to select another installation directory.

 rpm -i --prefix=/opt/new_directory splunk_package_name.rpm

2. Start Splunk Light.

 splunk start --accept-license

3. (Optional) To boot-start Splunk Light, add the following to /etc/init.d.

./splunk start --accept-license
./splunk enable boot-start

Install Splunk Light using the DEB package

To follow these installation instructions, replace splunk_package_name.deb with the name of the installer package you downloaded.

1. Run the dpkg command to install Splunk Light into the default directory.

 dpkg -i splunk_package_name.deb

You cannot install the DEB package into another directory.

2. Start Splunk Light.

 splunk start --accept-license

Install Splunk Light using the .tgz file

To follow these installation instructions, replace splunk_package_name.tgz with the name of the installer package you downloaded.

1. Move the .tgz file to the directory you want to install Splunk Light.

For example, to install it into /opt/splunk, use:

 mv splunk_package_name.tgz /opt/splunk

2. In the installation directory, use the tar command to expand the file.

 tar xvzf splunk_package_name.tgz

3. Start Splunk Light.

 splunk start --accept-license
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Light: 6.4.0, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 6.4.3, 6.4.4, 6.5.0, 6.5.1, 6.5.2, 6.5.3, 6.5.1612 (cloud service only), 6.6.0, 6.6.1, 6.6.2, 6.6.3, 7.0.0, 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.0.3


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