Software Development

Splunk Dashboards Example

In this article, we will explain Dashboards in Splunk.

1. Introduction

Splunk is software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated data. It provides a web interface to create dashboards. In this example, I will demonstrate:

  • How to create a dashboard from scratch
  • How to create a dashboard from a search result
  • How to create a dashboard from a report
  • How to create a dashboard from a source file
  • How to edit, clone, and delete a dashboard

2. Technologies Used

The example in this article was built and run using:

  • Docker 19.03.8
  • Splunk 8.1.1
  • Google Chrome 87.0.4280.88

Click my other article to install Splunk.

3. Create a Dashboard in Splunk

Splunk provides dashboard documentation. In this step, I will show step-by-step instructions along with screenshots when creating a dashboard.

3.1 Create New Dashboard

Click the “Create New Dashboard” button under the Dashboards section.

Splunk Dashboards - create new dashboard
Figure 1 Create New Dashboard

3.2 Enter Dashboard Title

In the pop up window, enter the dashboard’s Title and Description. Then click the “Create Dashboard” button.

Splunk Dashboards - enter title
Figure 2 Enter Dashboard Title

3.3 Edit Dashboard

It displays the “Edit Dashboard” page.

Splunk Dashboards - edit
Figure 3 Edit Dashboard

3.4 Add Panel

There are two ways to edit a dashboard: UI or Source. In this step, I will use the default UI option and click the +Add Panel button.

It displays four categories to add a panel. In this step, I will expand “New from Report“.

Splunk Dashboards - add panel
Figure 4 Add Panel

3.5 Add Panel from Report

In this step, I will add a panel from the “GCR reschedule not completed” report. It will show “Preview” along with the Search String. Click “Add to Dashboard“.

Splunk Dashboards - add
Figure 5 Add to Dashboard

Click Save to save the dashboard.

3.6 Add Input

Click “+Add Input” to add desired inputs to the dashboard.

Figure 6 Add Input

Reference my other article on how to add a Time input. Reference Splunk document for others.

4. Create Dashboard from Search Result

Click “Save As” from search results and select the “Dashboard Panel” option.

Figure 7 Save as Dashboard

5. Create Dashboard from Source

We can create a dashboard from a XML source file. Click Source and paste the xml.


  <label>Mary Test Dashboard from Source</label>
  <fieldset autoRun="true" submitButton="true">
    <input type="dropdown" token="time">
      <choice value="1h">1 hour</choice>
      <choice value="4h">4 hours</choice>
      <choice value="12h">12 hours</choice>
      <choice value="24h">24 hours</choice>
      <choice value="7d@h">Last 7 days</choice>
      <searchString>error NOT error-codes.xml  | timechart count by source</searchString>
      <option name="charting.axisTitleX.visibility">collapsed</option>
      <option name="charting.axisTitleY.visibility">visible</option>
      <option name="charting.axisX.scale">linear</option>
      <option name="charting.axisY.scale">linear</option>
      <option name="charting.chart">column</option>
      <option name="charting.chart.nullValueMode">gaps</option>
      <option name="charting.chart.sliceCollapsingThreshold">0.01</option>
      <option name="charting.chart.stackMode">stacked</option>
      <option name="">shiny</option>
      <option name="charting.drilldown">all</option>
      <option name="charting.layout.splitSeries">0</option>
      <option name="charting.legend.labelStyle.overflowMode">ellipsisMiddle</option>
      <option name="charting.legend.placement">right</option>
Figure 8 Create Dashboard from Source

6. Manage Dashboard

View the dashboard under the Dashboard section. Click the Edit button to display options.

Figure 9 Manage Dashboard
  • Select “Delete” to delete the selected dashboard.
  • Select “Clone” to create a new dashboard based on the selected dashboard.
  • Select “Edit Panels” or “Edit Source” to update the selected dashboard.
  • Select “Edit Permissions” to update its permissions
  • Select “Schedule PDF Delivery” to schedule a PDF delivery

7. Summary

In this example, I showed how to create a dashboard from the search result, report, another dashboard. I also showed how to edit and delete a dashboard via the Splunk web interface.

8. Download the Source Code

You can download the full source code of this example here: Splunk Dashboards Example

Mary Zheng

Mary has graduated from Mechanical Engineering department at ShangHai JiaoTong University. She also holds a Master degree in Computer Science from Webster University. During her studies she has been involved with a large number of projects ranging from programming and software engineering. She works as a senior Software Engineer in the telecommunications sector where she acts as a leader and works with others to design, implement, and monitor the software solution.
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