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Splunk officially supported installation platforms

Splunk Enterprise contains many settings that allow customers to tailor their Splunk environment. Because not all settings apply to all customers, Splunk will only support the most common subset of all configurations. Below is a list of supported platforms and base operating systems. Please check back periodically as our support matrix will expand over time.
Throughout this document, the term "Supported" means you can contact Splunk Support for assistance with issues.
In the following conditions, Splunk Support reserves the right to deem your installation in an unsupported state and not provide assistance when issues arise:

  • You do not have an active support contract
  • You are running Splunk Enterprise / Splunk Universal Forwarder in a container on a platform not officially supported by Splunk
  • You are using features not officially supported by Splunk

In the event you fall into an unsupported state, you may find support on Splunk Answers, or through the open source communities found on GitHub for Splunk-Ansible or GitHub for Splunk-Docker.

Supported Operating Systems:

Linux kernel versions above 4.x.

Supported Docker Engine Versions:
  • Docker Enterprise Engine 17.06.2 or later
  • Docker Community Engine 17.06.2 or later

Note: Splunk Support does not provide assistance with the advanced usage of an operator such as the scale command. Splunk Support will only provide assistance with the functionality of running the container on the systems listed above, and cannot support setup and configuration of the a service level object to be used for docker-compose or kubectl. Please consult the Docker or Kubernetes documentation regarding best practices for building services.

Note: Splunk Support only provides support for the single instance Splunk Validated Architectures (S-Type). For all other configurations, please contact Splunk Professional Services.

Required Hardware

All instances must be at or above the minimum server specifications found in the Splunk installation manual.
Additionally, the Docker container at this time is also limited to the following base installation chipsets:

  • x86-64

Volumes used for persistence of the Splunk Enterprise data inside the Docker container must be one of the supported filesystems listed in the Splunk installation manual.


  1. Install the appropriate Docker Engine for your operating system
  2. If you intend for the containerized Splunk Enterprise deployment to be supported by your Enterprise Support Agreement, you must verify you meet all of the
    above "supported" requirements. Failure to do so will render your deployment in an "unsupported" state.

Install Splunk Enterprise Docker container

Download the required image to your local Docker image library.

$ docker pull splunk/splunk:latest

Starting Splunk Enterprise Docker container

For a basic standalone Splunk environment, run the following command:

$ docker run -d -p 8000:8000 -e 'SPLUNK_START_ARGS=--accept-license' -e 'SPLUNK_PASSWORD=<password>' splunk/splunk:latest

Note: The password supplied must conform to the default Splunk Enterprise password requirements*

The output of Docker's run command will be a long hash of numbers and letters. These numbers and letters are the container id for your
Splunk Enterprise deployment. Use "docker ps" to get the status of the new deployment. For example:

docker ps -a -f id=9d790051bff3d8eb88da2d27b515140ff45f8f77a4bd57d6e5655d87cf3272fb 
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS                            PORTS                                                                                     NAMES
9d790051bff3        splunk-debian-9     "/sbin/…"   4 seconds ago       Up 3 seconds (health: starting)   4001/tcp, 8065/tcp, 8088-8089/tcp, 8191/tcp, 9887/tcp, 9997/tcp,>8000/tcp   zen_hawking

Once the container has reached a "healthy" status, you can log in. The exposed port will be listed under the port section.

CONTAINER ID        IMAGE               COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS                   PORTS                                                                                     NAMES
9d790051bff3        splunk-debian-9     "/sbin/…"   4 minutes ago       Up 4 minutes (healthy)   4001/tcp, 8065/tcp, 8088-8089/tcp, 8191/tcp, 9887/tcp, 9997/tcp,>8000/tcp   zen_hawking

Ports with an IP address are container ports that can be accessed from external. Follow this link for more information on Splunk Enterprise's default ports.

9997/tcp,>8000/tcp  <-------  This is an exposed port accessible from external

In the above example, the port that is exposed is on the same port number which running inside the container. If port 8000 was occupied by another service on localhost, this port will instead be
exposed at a higher port number. By opening an Internet browser and travelling to the exposed address, such as localhost:8000, you will be prompted with a login page.
Log in to your deployment with the Splunk credentials admin and use the password you set during installation, or input from the SplunkUI.

Enterprise Applications (Splunk Enterprise Security and Splunk IT Service Intelligence)

  • Installation of Splunk Enterprise Security (ES) and Splunk IT Service Intelligence (ITSI) are not supported in this version.
    Please contact Splunk Services for more information on using these applications with Splunk Enterprise in a container.

Clusters and Other Advanced Deployments

For information about more advanced deployments including search head and indexer clusters, please see our advanced documentation.

Get help and support

If you have questions or need support, you can:

Please also see our troubleshooting documentation.

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