Diagrams are a great way to understand your data and plan how you are going to use it. Using tools such as Lucidchart, you can create diagrams to share with your team.

You can incorporate a variety of icons, including Splunk icons, into your diagrams. Lucidchart has a wide range of icons built in, including AWS and Google Cloud Platform, which you can select from the ‘Shapes’ menu. To install Splunk items, you’ll need to take a few additional steps.

Getting Splunk icons in Lucidchart:

  1. Download and unzip Visio stencils from the Splunk Wiki
  2. In Lucidchart, click on ‘Shapes’ (in the sidebar)
  3. At the bottom of the pop-up, click on ‘Import Shapes’
  4. Select ‘Add to New Library’ and upload the unzipped file you downloaded in step 1.
  5. Click on the ‘New Library’ title and change the name to something meaningful, such as Splunk Icons
  6. You will see the Splunk icons in the ‘Shapes’ sidebar on the left.

Once you have installed all the relevant libraries, using the icons in diagrams is as simple as drag-and-dropping them into place. Lucidchart makes it simple to add and customise links and text between the icons, so you can draw up a high-quality diagram, with easily understandable icons, in no time.

To re-use the icons in a new diagram once you have imported them, simply click the ‘+ shapes’ button, navigate to ‘My Libraries’ and select the ‘Splunk Icons’ library you installed earlier.

An example of a simple diagram, created in Lucidchart, showing data being sent from Amazon CloudWatch to Splunk via the HTTP Event Collector

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Posted by:Becky Nielsen

Becky is a certified Splunk Admin, who has been working for iDelta since graduating from CodeClan's Professional Software Development course in 2019. Previously an archivist at several institutions around the UK, she holds an MSc in Information Management and Preservation from the University of Glasgow.