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Splunk 6 Web Framework - Python SDK - How to get logged in username?

joshuamcqueen
Path Finder

Hey Splunk Gurus,

I'm writing a custom Splunk 6 web framework application and I'm trying to get the username server-side.

I know this sounds very (very!) simple, but I can't seem to get it. The username keeps coming up blank.

Starting with a completely new app, I enter the following:

@render_to('my_app:home.html')
@login_required
def home(request):

    service = request.service
    logger.debug(service.username)

    return {
        "message": service.username,
    }

I couldn't get that to work, so I said "screw it -- I'll just use REST". That got me close but no cigar:

josh_rest = service.get('/services/authentication/current-context')
logger.debug(josh_rest.body)  #this displays the XML 

I did end up getting the XML for the REST endpoint (which does indeed contain the logged in username!) but I can't figure out how to use splunklib.data.load() to parse it effectively.

I even saw this in the documentation (but it doesn't work for me)

Anyhow, if you have any insight into how to get the username, please let me know. Thanks!!

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1 Solution

ineeman
Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

You should be able to do:


request.user.username

That should give you the username of the currently logged in user.

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ineeman
Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

You should be able to do:


request.user.username

That should give you the username of the currently logged in user.

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ineeman
Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Note that request.user.realname may be different, if the user has a real name in. For example, my username might be ineeman, but my realname might be Itay Neeman.

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joshuamcqueen
Path Finder

Both of these work: Thanks for the help!

request.user.realname
request.user.name

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joshuamcqueen
Path Finder

I came up with a solution, though it's not very pythonic. Basically I take the XML of the REST response and grab the specific strings. It works but it's kinda ugly.

import re

response = service.get('/services/authentication/current-context')

result = re.search('<s:key name="username">(.*)</s:key>', response.body)
username = result.group(1)

result = re.search('<s:key name="realname">(.*)</s:key>', response.body)
realname = result.group(1)

print username
print realname
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