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Event Timeline Viz

Splunk Cloud
This app gives you a new way to visualize your data, allowing you to better communicate information in dashboards and reports. After installing this app you will see Event Timeline Viz as an additional item in the visualization picker in Search and Dashboard.

The Event Timeline Viz shows multiple events on an interactive timeline. You can use the Event Timeline Viz to show the relationship between several time-based events in a dashboard panel or report.

Daniel Spavin
I am a Splunk Professional Services consultant working for JDS Australia (https://www.jds.net.au), in Melbourne Australia.

Version Support

8.0, 7.3, 7.2, 7.1, 7.0, 6.6, 6.5, 6.4

Who is this app for?

This app is for anyone who wants to visualise and correlate multiple separate events on a common timeline.

How does the app work?

This app provides a visualization that you can use in your own apps and dashboards.

To use it in your dashboards, simply install the app, and create a search that provides the values you want to display.

Usecases for the Event Timeline Visualization:

  • Displaying time-based events
  • Comparing the duration and severity of incident tickets created over the past month
  • Tracking production releases and version information over time
  • Visualizing server metrics over hours or days
  • Tracking Notable Events over time

How to use the visualization

The following fields can be used in the search:
- label (required): A title for the event being displayed.
- start (required): A date and time indicating the start of the event
- end (optional): A data and time indicating the end of the event
- group (optional): A group name to categorise the events and display them together
- color (optional): This is usually generated by the rangemap command. It is used to set the color for the slide. Valid colors are: red, amber, green. If using rangemap, use 'range' instead of 'color'. Valid values include: low, elevated, severe, ok, warning, etc
- data (optional): A value to use for drilldowns, which is not displayed to the user, e.g. ID numbers, references, sources. The data field will be used to populate the $tok_et_data$ token.

Example Search

| makeresults count=25 
| eval start=_time-random()% 7*24*60*60 
| streamstats count as id
| eval label=case(id%3=0,"Event A", id%5=0,"Event B", id%7=0,"Event C", id%11=0,"Event D",1=1,"Event E")
| eval range=if(random()%2=0,"low","severe")
| table start, label, range


This visualization generates the following tokens on click:
-Start field - defaults to: $tok_et_start$
-End field - defaults to: $tok_et_end$
-Data field - defaults to: $tok_et_data$
-Label field - defaults to: $tok_et_label$
-All Visible Events' Data field - defaults to: $tok_et_all_visible$

Note: all token names are customisable in the visualization settings menu.


The visualization is bound by the following limits:
- Total results: 10,000

Release Notes

v 1.0.0
-Initial version

Issues and Limitations

-No issues identified.

If you have a bug report or feature request, please contact daniel@spavin.net

Privacy and Legal

No personally identifiable information is logged or obtained in any way through this visualizaton.

For support

Send email to daniel@spavin.net

Support is not guaranteed and will be provided on a best effort basis.


This visualization uses the vis.js visualization library.

Release Notes

Version 1.7.1
Oct. 2, 2021

v 1.7.1
Labels and tooltips can have new line characters ("\n") to create multiple lines, eg: | eval label="Event: " + event + "\n" + description
Better dark mode compatibility
* Updated libraries, including upgrading JQuery to 3.6.0

Version 1.6.0
May 23, 2021

v 1.6.0
- Fixed bug in tooltip timestamps
- Minor updates for better Splunk 8.2 compatibility

Version 1.5.0
March 28, 2020

v 1.5.0
Colors can now be set with HTML color codes. This will allow you to highlight events from the search by setting the color field to a HTML color code, e.g "#009933" or "#093". Note that if you supply both range and color fields, range takes precedence.
...| eval color = case(status="critical","#ff0000", status="ok","#00FF00", status="unknown","#0000FF", 1=1,"#efefef")
| table label, start, end, group, color, tooltip, data

Version 1.4.0
Nov. 19, 2019

- Added option to display a red line indicating the current date
- Updated Splunk release dates

Version 1.3.0
June 16, 2019

v 1.3.0
Added option to sort groups by time in addition to group name

Version 1.2.0
June 1, 2019

v 1.2.0
Added options to set the default event color, background color, and text color

Version 1.1.0
May 11, 2019

Added drilldown ability using the built-in Splunk drilldown UI

You can use the tokens to create drilldowns / dynamic panels in your dashboards. You can also use the Splunk drilldown menu to link to another dashboard, a search, or a specific URL.

The tokens created in the visualization will be evaluated first, then the drilldown will happen (if you configured a drilldown). This means you can link to a custom search using the label field, start/end times, or the data field of the event you clicked.

Version 1.0.2
Jan. 29, 2019

- Added 'tooltip' field to set the tooltip text
- Added 'blue' as a color option (eval range='blue' or 'debug' or 'unknown')
- Fixed bug where viz wouldn't display when using a base search

Version 1.0.1
Jan. 26, 2019

Initial release

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