HTTP Event Collector examples

For the latest version of this documentation, see About the Splunk HTTP Event Collector in the Getting Data In manual.

This topic contains a set of example cURL commands that demonstrate the different ways you can use HTTP Event Collector. It contains the following sections:

Basic example

This example demonstrates basic HEC usage. It includes the Splunk server address including port and endpoint, the authentication token, and event data and metadata formatted according to the HEC event data format specification.

# Basic example
curl -k "" \
    -H "Authorization: Splunk CF179AE4-3C99-45F5-A7CC-3284AA91CF67" \
    -d '{"event": "Hello, world!", "sourcetype": "manual"}'

Batching example

This example demonstrates sending multiple events in one request. Though you can send multiple events in a single request, you can't split one event across multiple requests.

# Batching example
curl -k "" \
    -H "Authorization: Splunk CF179AE4-3C99-45F5-A7CC-3284AA91CF67" \
    -d '{"event": "Pony 1 has left the barn"}{"event": "Pony 2 has left the barn"}{"event": "Pony 3 has left the barn", "nested": {"key1": "value1"}}'

Raw example

This example demonstrates sending raw text to HEC. Note the use of the raw endpoint, plus the channel identifier and sourcetype specification, both of which are done using URL query parameters.

# HEC Raw
curl -k "" -H "Authorization: Splunk CF179AE4-3C99-45F5-A7CC-3284AA91CF67" -d '1, 2, 3... Hello, world!'

Raw example with batching

This example shows how to send raw, batched events to HEC. In this case, we're sending splunkd access logs. We've indicated that the indexer should assign these events the sourcetype of splunkd_access, and specified that they should be indexed by main.

# HEC Raw batching
curl -k "" \
    -H "Authorization: Splunk CF179AE4-3C99-45F5-A7CC-3284AA91CF67" \
    -d ' - admin [28/Sep/2016:09:05:26.875 -0700] "GET /servicesNS/admin/launcher/data/ui/views?count=-1 HTTP/1.0" 200 126721 - - - 6ms - admin [28/Sep/2016:09:05:26.917 -0700] "GET /servicesNS/admin/launcher/data/ui/nav/default HTTP/1.0" 200 4367 - - - 6ms - admin [28/Sep/2016:09:05:26.941 -0700] "GET /services/apps/local?search=disabled%3Dfalse&count=-1 HTTP/1.0" 200 31930 - - - 4ms - admin [28/Sep/2016:09:05:26.954 -0700] "GET /services/apps/local?search=disabled%3Dfalse&count=-1 HTTP/1.0" 200 31930 - - - 3ms - admin [28/Sep/2016:09:05:26.968 -0700] "GET /servicesNS/admin/launcher/data/ui/views?digest=1&count=-1 HTTP/1.0" 200 58672 - - - 5ms'

Indexer acknowledgement example

This example demonstrates how to send events to HEC with indexer acknowledgement enabled. Note that the sole difference between this example and the basic example is the inclusion of a channel identifier. Indexer acknowledgement also works with raw data.

# Indexer ack
curl -k "" \
    -H "Authorization: Splunk CF179AE4-3C99-45F5-A7CC-3284AA91CF67" \
    -d '{"event": "Hello, world!", "sourcetype": "manual"}'

Check acknowledgement status example

This example demonstrates how to check the indexing status of a prior HEC request. Note that we're sending the request to the ack endpoint, and we're including "acks" key, which is set equal to the three acknowledgement identifiers (ackIDs) whose status we want to know.

# Check ack status
curl -k "" \
    -H "Authorization: Splunk CF179AE4-3C99-45F5-A7CC-3284AA91CF67" \
    -d '{"acks": [1,3,4]}'

Extract JSON fields example

This example demonstrates how to instruct Splunk Enterprise or Splunk Cloud to extract JSON fields from the events sent to HEC.

# Extracting JSON fields
curl -k "" \
    -H "Authorization: Splunk CF179AE4-3C99-45F5-A7CC-3284AA91CF67" \
    -d '{"sourcetype": "_json", "event": {"a": "value1", "b": ["value1_1", "value1_2"]}}'

Explicit JSON fields example

This example is similar to the previous example, but it explicitly specifies the JSON fields.

# Explicit JSON fields
curl -k "" \
    -H "Authorization: Splunk CF179AE4-3C99-45F5-A7CC-3284AA91CF67" \
    -d '{"event": "Hello, world!", "sourcetype": "cool-fields", "fields": {"device": "macbook", "users": ["joe", "bob"]}}'

Basic authentication example

This example demonstrates basic authentication, which is an alternative to the HTTP Authentication that has been demonstrated in all of the previous examples. To use basic auth, place a colon-separated user/password pair in the request after -u as shown here, inserting the token as the <password> and any string (we've used x) as the <user>: "<user>:<password>".

# Basic auth
curl -k -u "x:CF179AE4-3C99-45F5-A7CC-3284AA91CF67" "" \
    -d '{"sourcetype": "mysourcetype", "event": "Hello, world!"}'