Splunk plugin for Jenkins provides deep insights into your Jenkins master and node infrastructure, job and build details such as console logs, status, artifacts, and an incredibly efficient way to analyze test results.

The plugin is used together with a Splunk App for Jenkins that provides out-of-the-box dashboards and search capabilities to enable organizations to run a high performing Jenkins cluster and bring operational intelligence into the software development life cycle.

Splunk Plugin for Jenkins

1. Configure Splunk Server

  • Go to https://<jenkins-url>/configure

  • Enter Hostname, Port, and Token

    • For Splunk cloud user, the host name is something like http-inputs-xx.splunkcloud.com or http-inputs-xx.cloud.splunk.com, port is 443
    • For Splunk enterprise user, the host name is the indexer host name, and port is 8088 by default
  • Check "Raw Events Supported" if you are using Splunk version 6.3.1511 or later

  • SSL is enabled by default in Splunk, it will protect the data transferred on network.

  • Click "Test Connection" to verify the setup

  • Check "Enable" and Save

    basic config

2. Configure Metadata

Specify index, host, sourcetype for the various events. Metadata can be configured to collect as little or as much Jenkins information as you need and sent to Splunk for analysis.

  • index is a data repository in Splunk, you can set a different data retention policy and access privileges for each index in Splunk. You need create the index in Splunk manually, the plugin will not create any index.
  • sourcetype is used by Splunk to determine how incoming data is formatted, see also Why sourcetype matters
  • host is used to identify which Jenkins master is the source of the data

There are 7 types of events which can be customized

Event type Description
Build Report Junit or other Reports sent by calling "send(message)" DSL script
Build Event Sent when job are started and completed
Queue Information Basic queue information and Jenkins health metrics, sent when queue get updated and every 45 seconds by default. You can add "-Dcom.splunk.splunkjenkins.queueMonitorSeconds=N" to Jenkins start parameters to adjust the timing
Console Log Build console log, e.g. job/abc/123/console, node log and Jenkins master log (jenkins.log)
Log File Artifact contents, send by calling "archive(includes)" DSL script
Slave Information The slave(agent) health metrics, sent every 8 minutes by default. You can add "-Dcom.splunk.splunkjenkins.slaveMonitorMinutes=N" to Jenkins start parameters to adjust the timing
Jenkins Config The contents of Jenkins configuration items, e.g. config.xml, sent when the config file get updated.

you can customize the index, sourcetype in the "Custom Metadata" section.


2.1. Metadata configuration for Splunk App for Jenkins

  • For Splunk version 6.5 or later, it is recommended to use the plugin's default config
  • For Splunk 6.3.x or 6.4.x, please adjust the default sourcetype to json:jenkins:old (please remove it if Splunk get upgraded to latest version, otherwise data will be extracted twice)


3. Customize The Job Data Sent to Splunk

In the Advanced configuration section, you can customize the post data using groovy DSL.
While the default settings should suffice for most Jenkins users, the Advanced configuration section allows you to use groovy DSL to customize the data sent to Splunk.

The groovy script can use the variable splunkins, which provides access to the following objects and methods:

  • send(Object message) will send the information to splunk
  • getBuildEvent() will return metadata about the build, such as build result, build URL, user who triggered the build
  • getJunitReport(int pageSize) will return a list of test results, which contains total, passes, failures, skips, time and testcase of type List<hudson.tasks.junit.CaseResult>
  • getJunitReport(int pageSize, List<String> ignoredTestResultActions) will return a list of test results except test formats specified in ignoredTestResultActions
  • sendCoverageReport(pageSize) send coverage, each event contains max pageSize metrics
  • getJunitReport() is an alias of getJunitReport(Integer.MAX_VALUE)
  • archive(String includes, String excludes, boolean uploadFromSlave, String fileSizeLimit) send log file to splunk
  • archive(String includes) is an alias of archive(includes, null, false, "")
  • getAction(Class type) is an alias of build.getAction(type)
  • getActionByClassName(String className) same as getAction(Class type) but no need to import the class before use
  • hasPublisherName(String className) check whether the publisher is configured for the build (applied to AbstractBuild only)
  • Here is the default settings for post job data processing (since v.1.5.0)
//send job metadata and junit reports with page size set to 50 (each event contains max 50 test cases)
//send coverage, each event contains max 50 class metrics
//send all logs from workspace to splunk, with each file size limits to 10MB
splunkins.archive("**/*.log", null, false, "10MB")

4. Customize log files at job level (optional)

Jenkins builds can produce many artifacts which can contain useful build information. The plugin can be configured globally (step #3) to collect all artifacts using the archive command. You can also specify what artifacts to send to Splunk at the job level by adding Splunk's post-build action 'Send data to Splunk'

  • Add a "post-build action" called "Send data to Splunk"
  • Enter an ant-style pattern matching string for your junit xml collection


5. Features Controlled with System Properties (optional)

System properties are defined by passing -Dproperty=value to the java command line to start Jenkins. Make sure to pass all of these arguments before the -jar argument, otherwise they will be ignored. Example: java -Dsplunkins.buffer=4096 -jar jenkins.war

Property Default Value Note
com.splunk.splunkjenkins.JdkSplunkLogHandler.level INFO log message levels lower than this will not be send to splunk
splunkins.buffer 4096 console log buffer size
splunkins.allowConsoleLogPattern (empty) regular expression for 'interesting' build. if it is set, only send to splunk for the job whose build url matches the pattern
splunkins.debugLogBatchSize 128 batch size for sending verbose level (FINE,FINER,FINEST) log record
splunkins.enableRemoteTaskListenerDecorator true whether to capture remote TaskListener
splunkins.ignoreConfigChangePattern (?:queue|nodeMonitors|UpdateCenter|global-build-stats).xml|/(?:fingerprint|builds|config-history)/.*?xml regular expression for ignoring config file changes
splunkins.verifySSL false enable ssl certificate verification for splunk endpoint
splunkins.junitStdioLimit 2097152 trim long junit standard output/error, set it to 0 for unlimited
splunkins.decodePipelineConsole true decode pipeline job console note to get parallel label, link href
splunkins.auditPostRequest true audit trail for script invoking, credentials updating

Splunk Dashboards for Jenkins

You can download and install the Splunk App for Jenkins from https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/3332

Once installed, the Splunk App will use the data being sent by the Splunk plugin for Jenkins and show various dashboards and search capabilities. Here are some of the key features

Overview - Visualize multiple masters and associated slaves in a single page. View build status trends and be able to drill down and get details information about any build.

Build Analysis - Easily find any Jenkins build using a variety of easy to use filters. View build summary or drill down to see build status trends, build time and queue time analysis, tests pass/fail trends, test runtime distribution, and console logs couple with Splunk's powerful search interface.

Test Analysis - If you are a test engineer and spend countless hours looking at test results in Jenkins, you will love this feature. Test Results shows all the failing tests with stack traces, flags regression failures, groups test failures by errors, captures Jenkin's environment variables, and provides nifty filters to find tests with long run times, particular errors, testsuites, etc.

Jenkins Health - Splunk Jenkins Apps captures Jenkins internal JVM information as well as keys metrics like queue size, executors and nodes stats, Jenkins master logs, and Jenkins node stats. All this information is captured in real-time, allowing you to quickly discover hard to find issues and fix them before they become a bottleneck for development teams. No more ssh-ing into Jenkins systems to find issues.

Jenkins Nodes - Analyze all activity on a particular node. View builds executed on a node, view real-time node logs, build activity across all nodes, and check connection history to find out unstable Jenkins nodes. This feature is extremely helpful in identifying problematic components in a Jenkins cluster and optimizing your team's throughput.

Audit Trail - Audit trail feature allows you to see who has logged into your Jenkins system and done any activity like starting/aborting/changing jobs. You can also see what configs have been changed by some user and can view the config xml directly in Splunk. This feature is particularly useful for organization with security and compliance use cases.


Build Analysis

Test Analysis

Node Overview

Node Detail

Jenkins Health


How can I send historical data prior to the time plugin get installed

Access <jenkins_url>/script, and execute the groovy code (update the time range if needed).

def dataParser=new java.text.SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MMM-dd HH:mm")
def startTime=0
def endTime=dataParser.parse("2016-OCT-26 13:24").getTime()
def archiver=new com.splunk.splunkjenkins.utils.BuildInfoArchiver()
archiver.run(startTime, endTime)

I got "Server is busy, maybe caused by blocked queue", what can I do

Please try below options

a) Adjust splunk queue size to a larger value, such as 5MB. Edit SPLUNK_HOME/etc/system/local/server.conf and add

maxSize = 5MB

b) Adjust console text/log file buffer size, such as 10KB, Add below line to Jenkins startup script


I am using upstream/downstream jobs, how can I consolidate the test results to root trigger job?

You can use "Customize Event Processing Script"

 * Transform job metadata before sending to splunk
 * This script is configured in Jenkins->Configure System->Splunk for Jenkins Configuration->Advanced
 *  ->Customize Event Processing Command

import groovy.json.JsonSlurperClassic
import hudson.model.*
import com.splunk.splunkjenkins.model.CoverageMetricsAdapter
import com.splunk.splunkjenkins.utils.LogEventHelper
import org.apache.commons.codec.digest.DigestUtils

 * @param run Jenkins job Run
 * @return the upstream job url and build number
def getUpStreamBuild(Run build) {
    for (CauseAction action : build.getActions(CauseAction.class)) {
        Cause.UpstreamCause upstreamCause = action.findCause(Cause.UpstreamCause.class)
        if (upstreamCause != null) {
            return [upstreamCause.upstreamUrl, upstreamCause.upstreamBuild, upstreamCause.upstreamProject]
    return [build.parent.url, build.number, build.parent.fullName]

def isRebuild(String cause) {
    return cause?.contains("Rebuilds build")

def sendReport() {
    //junit report with page size set to 50, each page has maximum 50 test cases.
    //need ignore AggregatedTestResultAction since we already send downstream results
    def junitResults = splunkins.getJunitReport(50, ["hudson.tasks.test.AggregatedTestResultAction"])
    if (!junitResults) {

    def build = splunkins.build
    def metadata = LogEventHelper.getBuildVariables(build)
    def upStream = getUpStreamBuild(build)
    def buildEnv = LogEventHelper.getEnvironment(build)

    metadata["root_trigger"] = upStream[0]
    metadata["root_trigger_build_no"] = upStream[1]
    def causes = LogEventHelper.getBuildCauses(build)
    def rebuildFlag = isRebuild(causes)
    //end of metadata
    def event = [
            "job_url"      : upStream[0],
            "event_tag"    : "tests",
            "metadata"     : metadata,
            "build_number" : upStream[1],
            "user"         : LogEventHelper.getTriggerUserName(build),
            "job_name"     : upStream[2],
            "original_link": build.url,
            "rebuild"      : rebuildFlag,
            "trigger_by"   : causes

    if (junitResults && junitResults[0]["total"] > 0) {
        junitResults.eachWithIndex { junitResult, idx ->
            Map pagedEvent = event + ["testsuite": junitResult, "page_num": idx + 1]
    } else {
        //test result not found
        def noResultEvent = event + ["event_tag": "no-tests", "page_num": 1]
    def coverageList = CoverageMetricsAdapter.getReport(build, 200);
    //send code coverage
    event["event_tag"] = "coverage"
    coverageList.eachWithIndex { coverage, idx ->
        Map pagedEvent = event + ["coverage": coverage, "page_num": idx + 1]


Change Log

Located in the CHANGELOG.md