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How to use Lookup to Search for Data

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lookup to search

 Here is another interesting topic related to Splunk. Today let’s see how to use the lookup to search for data. 

 What is a lookup? 

 CSV lookups are based on files that match values of the field from your events to values of a field in the static table shown by a CSV file. They output relative field values from the table to the events of yours. They are also called as static lookups. 

·                    Lookup table files:- 

     o Lookup table files consist of a lookup table. 

     o A standard lookup extracts fields from this table and puts them in your events when the table’s corresponding fields match your events. 

·                    Lookup definitions:- 

    o A lookup definition offers a name and path to search the lookup table. 

    o Lookup definitions consist of additional settings like matching rules or limitations on the fields that the lookup can match with. 

    o A lookup table can have many lookup definitions. 

 How One can Create Lookups? 

Lookup to Search for Data
  • A CSV file is uploaded by just going to settings >> in knowledge section>> lookups  
  • You can create a new lookup or edit an existing lookup when the lookups manager opens. 
  • Here, we shall upload a CSV file. 
  • In the lookups manager, click lookup table files. 
  • Under the Actions column select Add new. 
Lookup to Search for Data

 
How to Upload the Lookup Table File? 

  • The Destination app parameter mentions to which app one has to upload the lookup table file. You do not have to alter anything to upload a file in the Search app. Search is the value. 
  • In Upload a lookup file, select Choose File and search for the CSV file. 
  • In Destination filename, type as CSV. 
  • This is the name one will use to cite to the file while creating a lookup definition. 
  • Click save. 
Lookup to Search for Data
  • Share the lookup file and make it global by changing the permissions.  
Lookup to Search for Data

How to Add Field Lookup Definition? 

  • It is insufficient to share the lookup table file with another application. Hence you need to create a lookup definition from the lookup table file. 
  • To get lookup definitions, choose Add New. In this lookup definitions page, you can define the field lookup. 
  • The Destination app setting can remain unaltered. 
  • Type a file name. 
  • For Type, choose File-based. A file-based lookup is usually a static table, like a CSV file. 
  • For Lookup file, choose CSV, the lookup table file that you generated. 
  • Click save. 
  • Share the lookup definition and make it global
Lookup to Search for Data

 
Automatic Lookup 

  • To pertain a lookup to all searches during search time, use automatic lookups. 
  • You do not have to manually invoke an automatic lookup in searches along with the lookup command, after defining it for a lookup definition.  
  • Under Settings >> choose Lookups view and click Add new to get Automatic lookups. 
  • Under Add new page: 
  • Choose to search for the Destination app. 
  • Add a name to the lookup. 
  • Choose lookup from the Lookup table drops down. 
  • Apply the chosen look up to the source type 
  • Fields in the lookup input are the fields in your events which you want to twin with the lookup table. 
  • Fields in the Lookup output are the lookup table fields that you want to copy to your events. 
  • Click on Save. 

There are 3 commands lookup, input lookup, and output lookup. 

          •Input lookup:- 

           o Make use of the input lookup command to find the lookup table contents. The lookup table can have a KV store lookup or a CSV lookup. 

           o Ex:- |inputlookup test.csv|join type=left City [search index=main|table City ]|table City 

                      Pin code 

           o In the above query test.csv is a lookup that has the field City and in the index main also has field City. With this field, we get pin code from lookup for a City. 

          • Outputlookup:- 

           o It writes the search results to a KV store collection or a static lookup table that you specify. 

        • Ex:- | inputlookup newlookup.csv append=true | append=[|stats count | source=”vinay”,sourcetype=*1234|table source sourcetype] | outputlookup newlookup.csv 

        • In the above query newlookup.csv is the lookup that has the field source and source type 

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