Install Nagios 4.0.7 on Linux Mint 17 / Linux Mint 16

Nagios is the most widely used open source monitoring tools which help us to monitor the services and application that run’s on Windows,Linux,Routers and other network devices. With the help of Nagios you can monitor basic services and attributes. We can access the Nagios using web interface coming with the bundle and configuration need to be done on the file level.

Whats New:

  • Core Workers are lightweight process whose job is to perform checks, due to this they do perform checks much more quickly than the old process.
  • Nagios Core process using in-memory techniques, eliminating the disk I/O latencies that could previously slow things down in large installation.
  • Each configuration item is verified only once.
  • The host address attribute is now optional.
  • Bothe hosts and services now supports an hourly value attribute.

More feature can be found here.

Services List:

This Tutorial describes how can you monitor “private” services and attributes of Linux/UNIX servers, such as:


  • CPU load
  • Memory usage
  • Disk usage
  • Logged in users
  • Running processes
  • etc.

Private Services:

  • HTTP
  • FTP
  • SSH
  • SMTP
  • etc

Install Nagios:

Switch to root user.

sudo su

Install the dependencies for Nagios 4.

apt-get update
apt-get install build-essential apache2 php5 openssl perl make php5-gd libgd2-xpm-dev libapache2-mod-php5 libperl-dev libssl-dev daemon wget apache2-utils

Create nagios user and nagcmd group (allowing the external commands to be executed through the web interface) , add the nagios and apache user to the part of nagcmd group.

useradd nagios
groupadd nagcmd
usermod -a -G nagcmd nagios
usermod -a -G nagcmd www-data

Download latest Nagios Core.

cd /tmp/
tar -zxvf /tmp/nagios-4.0.7.tar.gz
cd /tmp/nagios-4.0.7/

Compile and Install Nagios:

./configure --with-nagios-group=nagios --with-command-group=nagcmd --with-httpd_conf=/etc/apache2/sites-enabled/
make all
make install
make install-init
make install-config
make install-commandmode
make install-webconf

Configure Nagios:

Sample configuration files have now been installed in the /usr/local/nagios/etc directory. These sample files should work fine for getting started with Nagios. You’ll need to make just one change before you proceed…

Edit the /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects/contacts.cfg config file with your favorite editor and change the email address associated with the nagiosadmin contact definition to the address you’d like to use for receiving alerts.

vi /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects/contacts.cfg

Change the Email address field to receive the notification.

define contact{
contact_name    nagiosadmin   ; Short name of userus
generic-contact                     ; Inherit default values from generic-contact template (defined above)
alias   Nagios Admin           ; Full name of useremail
[email protected]        ; <<***** CHANGE THIS TO YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ******

Configure Web Interface:

Create a nagiosadmin account for logging into the Nagios web interface. Remember the password you assign to this account – you’ll need it later.

htpasswd -c /usr/local/nagios/etc/htpasswd.users nagiosadmin

Run the following command.

a2enmod cgi

Restart Apache to make the new settings take effect.

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Download and Install Nagios Plugins:

Download Nagios Plugins to /tmp directory.

cd /tmp
tar -zxvf /tmp/nagios-plugins-2.0.3.tar.gz
cd /tmp/nagios-plugins-2.0.3/

Compile and install the plugins.

./configure --with-nagios-user=nagios --with-nagios-group=nagios
make install

Starting Nagios:

Verify the sample Nagios configuration files.

/usr/local/nagios/bin/nagios -v /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg

If there are no errors, start Nagios.

/etc/init.d/nagios start

Access Web Interface:

Now access the Nagios web interface using the following URL. You’ll be prompted for the username (nagiosadmin) and password you specified earlier.

Nagios 4 - DashBoard
That’s All. Hope this helped you, please post your valuable comments below.


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  • Sandro

    Seu material foi de grande ajuda, um tutorial de instalação simples e direto, porém encontrei alguns erros em comandos, por exemplo:

    você postou: cgi a2endmod, quando seria: a2endmod cgi.

    você postou: cd / tmp /, quando seria: cd /tmp/.

  • Avinash Jha

    although my ssh service is down and nagios is showing it too but still haven’t received mail for the same .