Splunk, Adafruit.io, and MQTT

I have been enjoying the Splunk HTTP Event Collector (HEC) since it’s introduction in Splunk v6.3. You can check out a python class I made for it over on the Splunk Blog. That got me started back on data collection from my Raspberry Pi. I can just send data straight into Spunk using the HEC. But what if I wanted data from a remote Raspberry Pi?


That brought me back to messing around with my Beta Adafruit.io account. This is a data bus service being made by Adafruit perfect for your DIY Internet of Things projects. You can find a lot of their learning tutorials on it in the Adafruit LMS. I did some minor playing over the holiday. Then Lady Ada went and made a tutorial specifically on MQTT.

MQTT and Splunk:

I remember seeing a modular input for MQTT in Splunkbase. Why not try it out with Adafruit.io? Well the answer was… Its java dependent. I love Damien’s work which is awesome as always. But, the Splunk admin hat side of me cannot stand having to install Java to make a feature work. He is trying to convince me to made a Python based version myself. We shall see if I can make the time. Was there an alternative? Why… yes there is. That is how we come back full circle to the the HTTP Event Collector and my python class.

Mixing Chocolate and Peanut Butter:

I took the Adafruit Python class for adafruit.io and it’s example code. Just import in my HEC class and mod the Adafruit code just a little. Now we have a bridge between the Adafruit MQTT client example and sending it into Splunk via the HEC. This let me take the feed value posted to a give MQTT feed on Adafruit.io and send it into Splunk with a single listening Raspberry Pi running a python script local to my Splunk instance.

The code I used was the MQTT Client example. Just add import and creation of an HEC object at the top of the script right before the Adafruit_IO import section

Next we add the following to the bottom of the message method in the Adafruit code.

That is it. Now as long as the script is running it takes the value from a monitored Adafruit.io MQTT feed and kicks it over into Splunk via the HEC. Enjoy!