Splunk Part II – Installation

In our Splunk Overview post, we recently discussed about the basic details about the product. We also had Q&A posts also on the same. Here in this post we will be covering how to install the software in your setup, which will get you started with your hands-on experiences.

Let’s see how to get it done..

Splunk installation:

We have gone through a brief introduction of Splunk in the previous blog. Now lets go ahead and download Splunk.

In the previous blog we learned that there are multiple components in Splunk. Do we need to download them one by one ? the answer is NO.

We need to download only 2 packages

  • Splunk enterprise
  • Splunk Universal forwarder

You can visit www.splunk.com to download Splunk. Click on “free Splunk” and register yourself. Once successfully registered you will be able to download Splunk.

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For downloading universal forwarder you can use below link or search in goggle for Splunk universal forward.


If you want to download the packages directly to a Unix server, you can use the wget command given in the Splunk download page.

You can install Splunk in Linux using rpm command.

#rpm –ivh <Splunk.rpm>

Now you have installed the one instance of your Splunk. Now you have to configure this instance as one of the Splunk component as per your architecture. We will come with another blog with component configuration.

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