Splunk Groupby: Examples with Stats

Splunk Groupby: Examples with Stats

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For info on how to use rex to extract fields: Splunk regular Expressions: Rex Command Examples

Group-by in Splunk is done with the stats command.

General template: search criteria | extract fields if necessary | stats or timechart

Group by count

Use stats count by field_name

Example: count occurrences of each field my_field in the query output:

source=logs "xxx"
| rex "my\-field: (?<my_field>[a-z]) "
| stats count by my_field
| sort -count

Group by count, by time bucket

Use timechart count by field_name instead of stats

source=logs "xxx"
| rex "my\-field: (?<my_field>[a-z]) "
| timechart span=30m count by my_field

Group by averages and percentiles, time buckets

The field must be numeric

You can have multiple aggregations in a single pass:

Use timechart with timechart and aggregation functions such as avg, p50, p90, p99, etc:

source=logs "xxx"
| rex "my\-numeric-\-field: (?<my_numeric_field>[0-9]+) "
| timechart span=30m avg(my_numeric_field), p90(my_numeric_field), p99(my_numeric_field) 

Group by count distinct, time buckets

How many unique values for my_field for each 1-minute bucket?

source=logs "xxx"
| rex "my\-field: (?<my_field>[a-z]) "
| timechart span=1m distinct_count(my_field)

Group by sum

Use stats sum(value_field_name) by group_field_name

Sample logs

... customer="john doe" order_value=20 ...
... customer="mary white" order_value=25 ...
... customer="john doe" order_value=100 ...

Example query Sum the total order value for each different customer:

| rex " customer=\"(?<customer>[^\"]+)\" " 
| rex " order_value=(?<order_value>[0-9]+) "
| stats sum(order_value) as sum_order_value by customer_id
| sort -sum_order_value


| john doe      | 120                |
| mary white    | 25                 |

Group by multiple fields

All examples use the tutorial data from Splunk running on a local Splunk version

Combine both fields using eval and then use stats:

Example: group by count Vendor ID and Code, together:

| eval vendor_id_code=VendorID."-".Code
| stats count by vendor_id_code

group-by-multiple-fields-in-splunk Just build a new field using eval and . and group on that

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