Installation

Convert Trial License to Free License?

cervelli
Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

I've downloaded Splunk from the website. But it's the trial version. I want the free version. How do I install the free license? Do I need to wait until the trial expires?

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cervelli
Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

When the trial expires, Splunk will automatically prompt you to get a trial extension, or convert to Free. However, if you’re ready to go to Splunk Free right away:

Go to Manager (from any app) -> License alt text

Down in the text area of the license page, you’ll see text for “switch to a Free Splunk at any time” When you click that, you’ll go to the license switcher that will turn your Splunk into a Free Splunk.

Note however, you must be running Splunk 4.0.5 or later for the free version. If you are currently using 4.0.4 or earlier, you must first upgrade in order to get the Free version.

Enjoy!

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ccie01
New Member

Thanks for your help, I successfully converted to Splunk free license.

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sloshburch
Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

This is redunant to the answers already out there, but since this is one of the top search results on Google, I thought it should have a reference to where this is officially documented.

http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/latest/Admin/MoreaboutSplunkFree#How_do_I_switch_to_Splu...

Enjoy and Happy Splunking!

philusher
Engager

Adding to server.conf worked for me.

[license]
active_group = Free

Worked for me but I found the server.conf file at at /opt/splunk/etc/system/local/server.conf (ubuntu)

use

gksudo gedit /opt/splunk/etc/system/local/server.conf

and append

[license]
active_group = Free

seren
Explorer

In 4.2, the splunk-free.license file has disappeared. You can instead add the following to splunk/etc/system/local/server.conf :

[license]
active_group = Free

You may also need to add the following to etc/system/metadata/local.meta, but I'm not sure if it's neccessary:

[server/license]
owner = admin
version = 4.2

cervelli
Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

When the trial expires, Splunk will automatically prompt you to get a trial extension, or convert to Free. However, if you’re ready to go to Splunk Free right away:

Go to Manager (from any app) -> License alt text

Down in the text area of the license page, you’ll see text for “switch to a Free Splunk at any time” When you click that, you’ll go to the license switcher that will turn your Splunk into a Free Splunk.

Note however, you must be running Splunk 4.0.5 or later for the free version. If you are currently using 4.0.4 or earlier, you must first upgrade in order to get the Free version.

Enjoy!

Jordan_Brough
Path Finder

As of Splunk 4.3.3 you go to the "Change license group" page to do this -- /en-US/manager/system/licensing/switch

Justin_Grant
Contributor

Dude, your images point to broken links. I removed them for now, feel free to add them back once you have the right URLs.

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matt
Splunk Employee
Splunk Employee

If you are more of a command line guy you can copy the $SPLUNK_HOME\etc\splunk-free.license to $SPLUNK_HOME\etc\splunk.license and restart Splunk

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