Kafka Connect connector for receiving data and writing data to Splunk.
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This connector allows Kafka Connect to emulate a Splunk Http Event Collector. This connector support receiving data and writing data to Splunk.

Source Connector

The Splunk Source connector allows emulates a Splunk Http Event Collector to allow application that normally log to Splunk to instead write to Kafka. The goal of this plugin is to make the change nearly transparent to the user. This plugin currently has support for X-Forwarded-For so it will sit behind a load balancer nicely.


Name Description Type Default Valid Values Importance
kafka.topic This value contains the topic that the messages will be written to. If topic per index is enabled this will be the prefix for the topic. If not this will be the exact topic. string high
splunk.collector.index.default The index that will be used if no index is specified in the event message. string high
splunk.ssl.key.store.password The password for opening the keystore. password high
splunk.ssl.key.store.path The path to the keystore on the local filesystem. string high
splunk.port The port to configure the http listener on. int 8088 high
topic.per.index Flag determines if the all generated messages should be written toa single topic or should the messages be placed in a topic prefixed by the supplied index. If true the kafka.topic setting will be concatenated along with the index name. If false the kafka.topic value will be used for the topic. boolean false medium
backoff.ms The number of milliseconds to back off when there are no records in thequeue. int 100 low
batch.size Maximum number of records to write per poll call. int 10000 low
splunk.collector.index.allowed The indexes this connector allows data to be written for. Specifying an index outside of this list will result in an exception being raised. list [] low
splunk.collector.url Path fragement the servlet should respond on string /services/collector/event low
splunk.ssl.renegotiation.allowed Flag to determine if ssl renegotiation is allowed. boolean true low

Example Config


Sink Connector

The Sink Connector will transform data from a Kafka topic into a batch of json messages that will be written via HTTP to a configured Splunk Http Event Collector.


Name Description Type Default Valid Values Importance
splunk.auth.token The authorization token to use when writing data to splunk. password high
splunk.remote.host The hostname of the remote splunk host to write data do. string high
splunk.ssl.enabled Flag to determine if the connection to splunk should be over ssl. boolean true high
splunk.ssl.trust.store.password Password for the trust store. password [hidden] high
splunk.ssl.trust.store.path Path on the local disk to the certificate trust store. string "" high
splunk.remote.port Port on the remote splunk server to write to. int 8088 medium
splunk.ssl.validate.certs Flag to determine if ssl connections should validate the certificateof the remote host. boolean true medium

Example Config

This configuration will write to Splunk over SSL but will not verify the certificate.


Writing data to Splunk.

The Sink Connector uses the Splunk Http Event Collector as it's target to write data to Splunk. To use this plugin you will need to configure an endpoint.

The Sink Connector will pull over all of the fields that are in the incoming schema. If there is a timestamp field named date or time it will be converted to a Splunk timestamp and moved to the time field. The host or hostname if it exists will be placed in the host field. All other fields will be copied to the event object.

Here is an example of an event generated by Kafka Connect Syslog written to Splunk.

  "host": "vpn.example.com",
  "time": 1472342182,
  "event": {
    "charset": "UTF-8",
    "level": "6",
    "remote_address": "\/",
    "message": "filterlog: 9,16777216,,1000000103,igb2,match,block,in,4,0x0,,64,5581,0,none,6,tcp,40,,,55450,443,0,A,,2551909476,8192,,",
    "facility": "16"

Running in development

Run the connector


Suspend waiting on the debugger to attach.

export SUSPEND='y'