Canary | Tech Questions
If you are an old Sideview Utils user from Splunk 7.X or prior, or if you are an administrator of one or more internally-developed Sideview XML views or apps, here’s what you need to know.
Beginning now and going forward, you should install the latest version of the Canary app. If you’re on the latest version of Canary you can remove Sideview Utils entirely.
Sideview has developed and released a new front end to Splunk that runs as a Splunk app called “Canary.”
Although the old “Sideview Utils” UI relied on Splunk’s “Advanced XML” systems, the Canary UI does not.
Although Canary’s main mission is to ensure that Sideview’s own commercial apps continue to run on Splunk 8 in the absence of the “Advanced XML” systems, it also happens to be broadly backward-compatible to a decent subset of the views that could be created with Sideview Utils. Whether or not your particular views and dashboards are within this subset is the critical question.
Canary runs in both Splunk 7.X, 8.X and 9.X so you can start using it today.
OK, how do I go about testing? What do I do next?
What about Sideview Admin Tools?
Sideview Admin Tools is no more. Canary itself has a new copy of the Sideview Editor and some of the other tools that SAT used to have. If there was another tool in Sideview Admin Tools that you missed and that you don’t see in Canary, just let us know!
Custom CSS and Custom JS will likely be a problem
Custom CSS – The Canary UI has a different look and feel, and the pages have a different HTML structure. If you have invested a lot of time and energy in custom CSS, it may take some work to make a given view render nicely again.
Custom JS – this is basically a whole new user interface framework, so if you’ve written a lot of “customBehavior” code, it’s not particularly likely that all of your code will still work out of the box. Contact us though, as the work to convert may actually be surprisingly minimal.
Will Canary be free for internal use the way Sideview Utils was?
Yes. It’s available under the same “Free Internal Use License Agreement” terms that Sideview Utils had, and with the same “internal use” restriction. Similarly, we do also sell reasonably priced commercial licensing for it, for anyone who needs it to be a commercial thing. For that matter, we still sell the “Developer Licensing” for anyone who wants to make and distribute their own Splunk app that uses its technology.