Thanks for downloading the Heroku App for Splunk!
The Heroku App for Splunk uses Heroku syslog drains to collect the logs generated by your apps into Splunk for powerful analysis.
To help you get started this app comes prebuilt with searches powering a number of dashboards and alerts for the ingested log data.
Important: This app will NOT work unless you follow the setup instructions below - they're super simple to setup, I promise.
What's in the box?
There are 4 steps you will need to get this app working:
1) Configure logging on Heroku
The searches used in this app require some Heroku labs features to be enabled.
Assuming you have the Heroku toolbelt installed, you should run the following commands from the CLI.
Turn on debug logging:
$ heroku config:add LOG_LEVEL=DEBUG --app <YOUR_APP_NAME>
Turn on runtime logging:
$ heroku labs:enable log-runtime-metrics --app <YOUR_APP_NAME>
Restart your app to configure changes:
$ heroku restart --app <YOUR_APP_NAME>
2) Enable Splunk input
When installed this app will create a TCP input for port:514 (switched off by default), and also create a new index called "Heroku".
If you want to enable data collection through this port you can enable this input in the Splunk GUI by navigating to: "Settings" > "Data Inputs" > "TCP".
If you would like to use a different port you can add a new TCP input in the Splunk GUI by navigating to: "Settings" > "Data Inputs" > "TCP". Make sure you set the sourcetype="syslog", and index="Heroku".
Sanity checkpoint: It is essential the port you recieve data is open and traffic is not blocked.
3) Point Heroku syslog drain at Splunk
In the CLI you can do this by running the following commands:
$ heroku drains:add syslog://<YOUR_INDEXER'S_IP>:<PORT_FOR_INPUT> --app <YOUR_APP_NAME>
4) Define app names in lookup
To get the "Lookups" tab working correctly you first need to install the app Lookup File Editor App for Splunk Enterprise.
Once this is installed in the Splunk interface navigate to: "Lookups" > "View Lookup Files" > "app_data.csv"
In the host column you will need to specify the application identifier provided by Heroku. You can find this identifier in the "host" field of your Heroku event logs in Splunk.
You can then set a more user friendly name for searching in the "app_name" column. If desired, you can also specify a URL for the application to in the "app_url" column.
Note: If you cannot install the "Lookup Editor" app you can perform this process manually. Stop Splunk and open the following file to edit:
5) Turn on alerts
This app comes with 2 prebuilt alerts for response time and errors. y default they are disabled.
To view them in Splunk navigate to "Heroku" > "Alerts". You can click on each alert to view to amend the alert triggers, modify the search, or enable the alert.
If everything has worked well, a simple search for "index=heroku" should return some results. You might need to restart Splunk first.
Should some of the dashboards be empty, run a search in Splunk to see if the fields used are in your logs. If you're still suspicious, check Heroku logging has been set correctly at step 1.
In some cases you may not have any logs that populate the search just yet - this is usually a good thing where errors are concerened.
In the first instance any problems or issues with this app should be posted on Splunk Answers here. I follow all new threads and will aim to reply within 1 working day.
Should the problem need a more in-depth solution I will reach out directly via email for a solution from your thread.
If you have any feature requests for this app these can be directed to me via email.
You can find and fork the latest codebase of this app on Github, you can fork the code here. I'll happily accept new pull requests.
Now includes support for editing lookups in the Splunk interface.
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