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Can splunk search/monitor files that are not indexed?

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Is it possible to search/monitor non-indexed files? We create daily status files and we like to present the contents of the file on a dashboard. Basically, display the file contents, it is a non-indexed file, and a new one is created everyday.


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Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

If you just want to show the contents of the file on a dashboard, you could use jQuery ajax. Here is an example:

Simple XML dashboard:

<dashboard script="external_display.js">
  <label>Test External Content</label>
        <div id="my_content"></div>


require(["jquery", "splunkjs/mvc/simplexml/ready!"], function($) {
        url: 'http://localhost:8000/en-US/static/app/search/my_file.txt',
        success: function(data) {

Note: external_display.js and my_file.txt reside in $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps/search/appserver/static. You could use any URL that is accessible by the Splunk web server (even file system paths).

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Data has to either indexed or in a lookup file to be displayable. Lookups also have to be in CSV format.
The only other alternative would be to script a custom search command that can read content from disk when called.

Therefore you need to do either of this.
I'd advise to monitor a directory and put your files in that directory, and then read them from there.

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