POSIX extended regular expressions are supported in Zabbix.
There are two ways of using regular expressions in Zabbix:
You may manually enter a regular expression in supported places. Note that the expression may not start with @ because that symbol is used in Zabbix for referencing global regular expressions.
There is an advanced editor for creating and testing complex regular expressions in Zabbix frontend.
Once a regular expression has been created this way, it can be used in several places in the frontend by referring to its name, prefixed with @, for example, @mycustomregexp.
To create a global regular expression:
The Expressions tab allows to set the regular expression name and add subexpressions.
|Name||Set the regular expression name. Any Unicode characters are allowed.|
|Expressions||Click on Add in the Expressions block to add a new subexpression.|
Starting with Zabbix 2.4.0, a forward slash (/) in the expression is treated literally, rather than a delimiter. This way it is possible to save expressions containing a slash, whereas previously it would produce an error.
A custom regular expression name in Zabbix may contain commas, spaces, etc. In those cases where that may lead to misinterpretation when referencing (for example, a comma in the parameter of an item key) the whole reference may be put in quotes like this: ”@My custom regexp for purpose1, purpose2”.
Regular expression names must not be quoted in other locations (for example, in LLD rule properties).
A custom regular expression may consist of multiple subexpressions, and it can be tested in the Test tab by providing a test string.
Results show the status of each subexpression and total custom expression status.