Introducing AppInspect

Yesterday at .conf2016 we announced the general availability of Splunk AppInspect, the first static and dynamic analysis tool for Splunk apps.  Built and used by the team that administers the Splunk App Certification program to speed the certification process, we’re now able to share it with developers who want the same insights into their apps, whether they plan to release them to Splunkbase or not.

“AppInspect has been invaluable in bringing Splunk certification testing into our automated build environment, helping us to create Splunk Apps that are ready for App Certification on the first upload to SplunkBase.” – Kyle Smith, Aplura, LLC

All developers want to get their work done faster, with fewer errors and less debugging.  Splunk AppInspect makes that possible …

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Introducing the “Welcome Page Creator”

“Hey Ninja! My manager just got me access to this ‘Splunk’ thing and I was able to log in and all but all I see is this screen with a search bar. What the heck is this and where are all the answers? What do I do here?”

After way too many situations teaching newbies about Splunk, I finally took a step back and asked myself: What if when they logged in to Splunk, they were presented with all the materials needed to get Splunking? Not only would they get answers more rapidly, but I’d get a heck of a lot more work done with less distractions.

Attempting to solve this, I created dashboards that “Welcomed” users to the Splunk environment by providing …

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Splunk Add-on > Where’s That Command – Converting a Field’s Hexadecimal Value to Binary

When looking through Splunk’s Search Reference Manual, there are a ton of search commands with their syntax, descriptions, and examples.  After all, if Splunk is the platform for machine data, there needs to be an extensive list of commands, functions, and references that guide Splunkers through the Search Processing Language (SPL).  But one would think that we had everything covered, right?  Well, almost….

I have a couple of great customers from the Houston, Texas area to thank for this.  Gabe and Andrew (you know who you are) are not only strong Splunkers, but frequent the Splunk Houston User Group (SHUG) meetings and are always looking for ways to expand their use of Splunk as well …

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How’s my driving?

It was the summer of 2014. I was well into my big data addiction thanks to Splunk. I was looking for a fix anywhere: Splunk my home? Splunk my computer usage? Splunk my health? There were so many data points out there for me to Splunk but none of them would payoff like Splunking my driving…

Rocky Road

At the time, my commute was rough. Roads with drastically changing speeds, backups at hills and merges, and ultimately way more stop and go than I could stomach. But how bad was my commute? Was I having as bad an impact on the environment as I feared? Was my fuel efficiency much worse than my quiet cruise-controlled trips between New York and Boston? …

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Building Splunk Solutions

Building Splunk Solutions coverSplunk is delighted to announce the publication of the new developer guide: Building Splunk Solutions.

This authoritative guidance is built by developers for developers.
Splunk Enterprise is a highly-efficient platform for searching, analyzing, and monitoring all of your machine data from any source. While being very powerful out of the box, there is a lot of additional value that Splunk can offer through the apps and solutions that extend and enrich the capabilities of the Splunk core.

This guide follows a Splunk software engineering team on a journey to build a solution, focusing on the real world partner use cases showcasing various capabilities of the Splunk Developer Platform. Like a documentary, it captures our story from envisioning and user …

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Splunk Apps and Add-ons: Do You Possess the Apptitude?

At Splunk, we’re committed to helping customers across industry and government ingest, organize and visualize their data to gain intelligent insights. Our platform is designed to help users maximize the use of machine data through powerful search and analysis capabilities. What many people don’t know is that we go beyond offering platform solutions to ensure our capabilities can be integrated at the application level. Did you know we also offer more than 700 apps that extend the power of Splunk?

Over the years Splunk has partnered with companies such as Microsoft and Cisco to develop customized apps to integrate with customers’ existing platforms and supplement Splunk’s Enterprise platform. Splunk Enterprise is our platform for Operational Intelligence, but apps and add-ons …

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Splunk Instagram

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. Actually it’s far more than that.

Take an Instagram image, there is tons of useful metadata behind the image – not just that tasty picture of what you had for dinner last night.

But how do you start to look at this data? I think you already know the answer to that! This post is just a quick guide showing you how to ingest and visualise Instagram data in Splunk.…

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.conf2014 Highlight Series: Getting Deeper Insights into your Virtualization and Storage with Splunk


.conf2015 registration is open!
.conf2015 call for papers and speakers ends tomorrow – May 8!

As we get closer to .conf2015: The 6th Annual Splunk Worldwide Users’ Conference in Las Vegas in September, we’re excited to continue our series of .conf2014 #TBT highlights. This week we revisit Stela Udovicic and Michael Donnelly’s presentation focused on Splunk insights into virtualization and storage.

Skill Level:
Good for all skill levels

Solution Area:
IT Operations, Application Management

Splunk App for VMware
Splunk App for NetApp
Splunk Enterprise

Presentation overview:
Virtualization and storage technologies go hand-in-hand. If performing poorly, they can have a serious impact on your applications’ performance and users’ experience. This presentation shows how Splunk can help you get unified visibility …

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Results and Feedback from Splunk Apptitude Round 1


Back in November, we launched a contest called “Apptitude”. This was a competition designed to energize and challenge Splunk’s developer community. We offered prizes—big prizes—for the best app submissions in two categories: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and a general “Innovation” topic. It worked. Over 120 people participated, and 23 entries were submitted! The response was so strong that we have announced a second round of the contest.

The contest ended on January 20th, and here is a summary of the results:

Untitled2First place in the SCCM category went to Christopher Summer. Second place went to Rich Acosta & Erica Feldman. Due to the complexity of gathering the data from SCCM, we provided …

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Splunk MINT – Enhance Operational Intelligence with Mobile Data

Splunk MINT logo[3]MINT Highlights



I’m thrilled to announce a major update to Splunk MINT. Splunk MINT allows you to collect and analyze operational information from your mobile apps. Now, you can get the same insight on mobile app performance, problem, and usage as you do with applications and infrastructure that you’re probably already using Splunk for today.

MINT Analytics 3-13Real Time Insight:
Track sessions, unique users, application crashes, crash rates per user, and user engagement in real time. Drill down on items to explore in more detail.

Network Monitoring:
Measure the volume, latency and status of all HTTP connections. This enables you to understand the network’s contribution to transaction response times or query response times from API calls and other web services.


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