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Install Splunk App for Stream

This topic provides basic installation instructions for Splunk App for Stream. For information on where to install Splunk App for Stream components in a distributed Splunk Enterprise environment, see "Deployment architectures in this manual.

Splunk App for Stream components

Splunk App for Stream includes the following components:

  • Splunk Stream Add-on (Splunk_TA_stream): Splunk_TA_stream contains the streamfwd binary, which passively captures event data from network devices, and sends that data to indexers using the "Wire Data" modular input.
  • Splunk App for Stream (splunk_app_stream): splunk_app_stream provides configuration management and monitoring of network event capture for the streamfwd binary. See Supported Protocols in this manual.

Splunk_TA_stream and splunk_app_stream are installed in $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps.

The streamfwd binary is located in $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/Splunk_TA_stream/<machine_type>/bin.

The installer also places a copy of Splunk_TA_stream into $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/deployment-apps. This lets you use a deployment server to automatically distribute Splunk_TA_stream to new forwarders that you might add to your deployment. See "Deployment server and forwarder management."

Install Splunk App for Stream

Step 1: Download the installation package

1. Go to http://splunkbase.com/app/1809/.

2. Click Download.

The splunk_app_stream tar.gz installer file downloads to your local host.

Step 2: Install using Splunk Web

1. Log into Splunk Web.

2. In the top left menu, click Manage Apps.

3. Click Install app from file.

4. Upload the splunk_app_stream tar.gz installer file.

5. Click Restart at the prompt. Splunk Enterprise restarts.

This process installs:

  • splunk_app_stream in your $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps directory.
  • Splunk_TA_stream in your $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps directory. This sets up a new Wire Data data input, which is disabled by default.
  • Splunk_TA_stream in your $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/deployment-apps directory. This is a copy of the Stream Add-on pre-configured and enabled for deployment to other Splunk servers, including Universal Forwarders.

Step 3: Ensure Proper Permissions (Linux/OSX only)

splunkd (Indexer or Forwarder) must be running with root/Administrator privileges for streamfwd to run in promiscuous mode and sniff packets from the network interface. If you would prefer splunkd not run as root, you can use the setuid.sh script to give just streamfwd root privileges:

cd $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/Splunk_TA_stream
sudo ./setuid.sh

Note: Windows installations do not require this step.

Step 4: Enable Wire Data modular input

1. Go to Settings > Data Inputs.

2. Click on Wire Data.

3. Locate the "streamfwd" data input in the list, and click Enable.

The Wire Data (Stream Forwarder) data input is now enabled and begins to send event data to Splunk.

Note: If you do not see the Wire Data modular input on the Data Inputs page, clear your browser cache and log back into Splunk. If this does not work, please see this troubleshooting article.

Step 5: Verify data input

1. Open the Splunk Search and Reporting app.

2. In the Search window, enter source=stream*.

You should now see captured network event data in the events window.

Note: The syntax of source and sourcetype changes in version 6.1. To verify data input in versions 6.02 and earlier, enter source=stream.

How to upgrade from an earlier version

You can upgrade from an earlier version of Splunk App for Stream using Splunk Web.

1. Log into Splunk Web.

2. In the top left menu, click Manage Apps.

3. Click Install app from file.

4. Click Choose file and browse to the latest version of the splunk_app_stream tar.gz installer file.

5.. Select the Upgrade app checkbox. This overwrites the current version of the app.

6. Click Upload.

7. Click Restart at the prompt. Splunk Enterprise restarts.

This process upgrades:

  • splunk_app_stream in your $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps directory.
  • Splunk_TA_stream in your $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps directory.
  • Splunk_TA_stream in your $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/deployment-apps directory

Note: This process does not upgrade Splunk_TA_stream unless the installer package includes a new version of the TA. Otherwise, the installer upgrades splunk_app_stream only.

How to manually upgrade Splunk_TA_stream

When you upgrade Splunk App for Stream, Splunk_TA_stream is automatically upgraded on the server on which Splunk App for Stream is installed. The TA is not automatically upgraded on forwarders. If your Stream deployment includes additional forwarders, you must upgrade Splunk_TA_stream on each forwarder manually, or use another mechanism to install the TA, such as Puppet, Chef, or the Splunk deployment server.

To manually upgrade Splunk_TA_stream to the latest version:

1. Make a backup of the Splunk_TA_stream directory:

mv $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/Splunk_TA_stream Splunk_TA_stream.bak

2. Copy the Splunk_TA_stream directory from the new splunk_app_stream tarball:

cp -r $TARBALL_DIR/install/Splunk_TA_stream $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/

3. Copy over the old local configuration directory:

cp –r Splunk_TA_stream.bak/local $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/Splunk_TA_stream/

4. Remove temp directory:

rm –rf Splunk_TA_stream.bak

5. Restart Splunk.

cd $SPLUNK_HOME/bin
./splunk restart

Windows installation considerations

Caution: Splunk App for Stream uses the WinPcap driver to capture packets on Windows systems. Due to a flaw in the WinPcap security model, installing Stream on Windows allows all local users to use WinPcap for packet sniffing. For more information, see https://wiki.wireshark.org/CaptureSetup/CapturePrivileges.

On Windows systems, Splunk App for Stream supports the Admin role only.

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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk Stream: 6.3.0, 6.3.1, 6.3.2


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