Splunk ODBC Driver

Industry-Standard Connectivity to Splunk Enterprise

Insights from machine data can be incredibly valuable, but how do you give business users access to these insights from their existing analytics software? The Splunk ODBC Driver provides industry-standard connectivity between Splunk Enterprise and third-party analytics tools, such as Microsoft Excel, Tableau Desktop or Microstrategy Analytics Desktop. Now business users can gain dynamic access to valuable machine data and combine it with other data in the organization, delivering powerful new visibility and insights.


Splunk ODBC Driver lets you interact with, manipulate and visualize machine data stored in Splunk Enterprise using existing business software tools, such as Microsoft Excel, Tableau Desktop or Microstrategy Analytics Desktop. This flexibility gives you the features available in Excel, Tableau Desktop, or Microstrategy Analytics Desktop as well as the advanced analytics capabilities of Splunk Enterprise.

Benefits of the Splunk ODBC Driver:

  • Industry-standard connectivity to Splunk Enterprise
  • Empowers business users with direct and secure access to machine data
  • Combine machine data with structured data for better operational context


With the Splunk ODBC Driver you gain:

  • Industry-standard Connectivity - Retrieve data from Splunk Enterprise with existing business applications using standard ODBC-based connectivity
  • Role-Based Access - Leverage role-based access controls provided by Splunk Enterprise to control access to sensitive machine data
  • Machine Data Isolation - Use Data Models and saved searches in Splunk Enterprise to read machine data so only this data is accessible
  • Machine Data Integrity - Preserve data integrity—machine data access is read only and can never be modified, overwritten or deleted when accessed by Microsoft Excel, Tableau Desktop or Microstrategy Analytics Desktop

How it Works

ODBC Driver Workflow

Product Requirements

Operating Systems

The ODBC Driver is available and supported on the following Microsoft Windows operating systems:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8.x
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

Splunk Versions

  • Splunk Enterprise 6
  • Splunk Enterprise 5.x

Supported Third-Party Tools

  • Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Microsoft Excel 2011
  • Tableau Desktop 8.x
  • Microstrategy Analytics 9.4.1 and higher

Other Requirements

Client computer running the Splunk ODBC Driver requires Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package.