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What is the difference between an add-on and an app?

Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Hi Splunkers,

May I know what are the difference purposes of an add-on vs an app and how it works?

I understand that an app has its specific UI but how about an add-on? Is there a URL that provide some description about developing an add-on?

Nicholas

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Splunk Employee
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  • Apps package together Splunk features like saved searches, dashboards and inputs into their own GUI.
  • Add-ons are smaller components that don't have their own GUI and may need some extra configuration.
  • Suites are robust collections of apps built to provide comprehensive IT solutions on top of Splunk. Suites may require professional services to support and install and are usually built by Splunk or our Partners.

(from splunkbase.com)

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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

Thank you for the answer, V!

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Engager

Isn't it also true that there isn't a technical difference to Splunk between an App and an Add-on, and the distinction is just in how they are used (as defined in the answer above)?

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Actually there is a very specific technical difference - whether the app is flagged to be visible in the UI so that it shows up in Launcher and in the Apps menu, and then when launched, has its own nav structure. It's an app if this is true, an add-on if not.

Add-ons can have views, but those must be globally shared and pulled into the nav of a visible app to be seen.

It is however true that the word add-on is not formally part of Splunk's configuration or management UI.