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NOTE: THIS PLUGIN IS OBSOLETE

Splunk recently introduced "HTTP Event Collector (HEC)", which is much better than the traditional API used in this plugin:

http://dev.splunk.com/view/event-collector/SP-CAAAE6M

This plugin won't support HEC. Please try other fluentd plugins or use HEC directly.

Fluent::Plugin::SplunkAPI, a plugin for Fluentd

Splunk output plugin for Fluent event collector.

This plugin makes use of the following APIs:

Splunk REST API:

http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/latest/RESTAPI/RESTinput

Splunk Storm API:

http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Storm/latest/User/UseStormsRESTAPI

Notes

Although this plugin is capable of sending Fluent events directly to Splunk servers or Splunk Storm, it is not recommended to do so. Please use "Universal Forwarder" as a gateway, as described below.

It is known that this plugin has several issues of performance and error handling in dealing with large data sets. With a local/reliable forwarder, you can aggregate a number of events locally and send them to a server in bulk.

In short, I'd recommend to install a forwarder in each host, and use this plugin to deliver events to the local forwarder:

<match **>
  # Deliver events to the local forwarder.
  type splunkapi
  protocol rest
  server 127.0.0.1:8089
  verify false
  auth admin:changeme

  # Convert fluent tags to Splunk sources.
  # If you set an index, "check_index false" is required.
  host YOUR-HOSTNAME
  index SOME-INDEX
  check_index false
  source {TAG}
  sourcetype fluent

  # TIMESTAMP: key1="value1" key2="value2" ...
  time_format unixtime
  format kvp

  # Memory buffer with a short flush internal.
  buffer_type memory
  buffer_queue_limit 16
  buffer_chunk_limit 8m
  flush_interval 2s
</match>

Installation

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'fluent-plugin-splunkapi'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install fluent-plugin-splunkapi

Configuration

Put the following lines to your fluent.conf:

<match **>
  type splunkapi

  #
  # Splnk Server
  #

  # protocol: API protocol version
  # values: rest, storm
  # default: rest
  protocol rest

  # server: Splunk server host and port
  # default: localhost:8089
  server localhost:8089

  # verify: SSL server verification
  # default: true
  #verify false

  # auth: username and password
  auth admin:pass

  #
  # Splnk Storm
  #

  # protocol: API protocol version.
  # values: rest, storm
  # default: rest
  #protocol storm

  # access_token: for Splunk Storm
  #access_token YOUR-ACCESS-TOKEN

  # access_token: for Splunk Storm
  #project_id YOUR-PROJECT-ID

  #
  # Event Parameters
  #

  # host: 'host' parameter passed to Splunk
  host YOUR-HOSTNAME

  # index: 'index' parameter passed to Splunk (REST only)
  # default: <none>
  #index main

  # check_index: 'check-index' parameter passed to Splunk (REST only)
  # default: <none>
  #check_index false

  # host: 'source' parameter passed to Splunk
  # default: {TAG}
  #
  # "{TAG}" will be replaced by fluent tags at runtime
  source {TAG}

  # sourcetype: 'sourcetype' parameter passed to Splunk
  # default: fluent
  sourcetype fluent

  #
  # Formatting Parameters
  #

  # time_format: the time format of each event
  # value: none, unixtime, localtime, or any time format string
  # default: localtime
  time_format localtime

  # format: the text format of each event
  # value: json, kvp, or text
  # default: json
  #
  # input = {"x":1, "y":"xyz", "message":"Hello, world!"}
  # 
  # 'json' is JSON encoding:
  #   {"x":1,"y":"xyz","message":"Hello, world!"}
  # 
  # 'kvp' is "key=value" pairs, which is automatically detected as fields by Splunk:
  #   x="1" y="xyz" message="Hello, world!"
  # 
  # 'text' outputs the value of "message" as is, with "key=value" pairs for others:
  #   [x="1" y="xyz"] Hello, world!
  format json

  #
  # Buffering Parameters
  #

  # Standard parameters for buffering.  See documentation for details:
  #   http://docs.fluentd.org/articles/buffer-plugin-overview
  buffer_type memory
  buffer_queue_limit 16

  # buffer_chunk_limit: The maxium size of POST data in a single API call.
  # 
  # This value should be reasonablly small since the current implementation
  # of out_splunkapi converts a chunk to POST data on memory before API calls.
  # The default value should be good enough.
  buffer_chunk_limit 8m

  # flush_interval: The interval of API requests.
  # 
  # Make sure that this value is sufficiently large to make successive API calls.
  # Note that a different 'source' creates a different API POST, each of which may
  # take two or more seconds.  If you include "{TAG}" in the source parameter and
  # this 'match' section recieves many tags, a single flush may take long time.
  # (Run fluentd with -v to see verbose logs.)
  flush_interval 60s
</match>

Example

# Input from applications
<source>
  type forward
</source>

# Input from log files
<source>
  type tail
  path /var/log/apache2/ssl_access.log
  tag ssl_access.log
  format /(?<message>.*)/
  pos_file /var/log/td-agent/ssl_access.log.pos
</source>

# fluent logs in text format
<match fluent.*>
  type splunkapi
  protocol rest
  server splunk.example.com:8089
  auth admin:pass
  sourcetype fluentd
  format text
</match>

# log files in text format without timestamp
<match *.log>
  type splunkapi
  protocol rest
  server splunk.example.com:8089
  auth admin:pass
  sourcetype log
  time_format none
  format text
</match>

# application logs in kvp format
<match app.**>
  type splunkapi
  protocol rest
  server splunk.example.com:8089
  auth admin:pass
  sourcetype app
  format kvp
</match>

Contributing

  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request