A Zabbix database must be created during the installation of Zabbix server or proxy.
This section provides scripts for creating a Zabbix database. A separate schema script is provided for each supported database.
data.sql files are located in the database subdirectory of Zabbix sources. If Zabbix was installed from distribution packages, refer to the distribution documentation.
For a Zabbix proxy database, only
schema.sql should be imported (no images.sql nor data.sql)
UTF-8 is the only encoding supported by Zabbix. It is known to work without any security flaws. Users should be aware that there are known security issues if using some of the other encodings.
Character set utf8 and utf8_bin collation is required for Zabbix server to work properly with MySQL database.
If you are installing from Zabbix packages, stop here and continue with instructions for package installation to import the data into the database.
Zabbix server prior to 4.4 cannot work correctly with newer MariaDB versions out of the box. See Known issues for required database modifications.
If you are installing Zabbix from sources, proceed to import the data into the database:
Please refer to this section if you are installing Zabbix from packages.
You need to have database user with permissions to create database objects. The following shell command will create user
zabbix. Specify password when prompted and repeat password (note, you may first be asked for
Now we will set up the database
zabbix (last parameter) with the previously created user as the owner (
-O zabbix) and import initial schema and data (assuming you are in the root directory of Zabbix sources):
Stop here if you are creating database for Zabbix proxy.
The above commands are provided as an example that will work in most of GNU/Linux installations. You can use different commands, e. g. "psql -U <username>" depending on how your system/database are configured. If you have troubles setting up the database please consult your Database administrator.
We assume that a zabbix database user with password password exists and has permissions to create database objects in ORCL service located on the host Oracle database server with a user shell user having write access to /tmp directory. Zabbix requires a Unicode database character set and a
UTF8 national character set. Check current settings:
If you are creating a database for Zabbix server you need to have images on a predefined location on Oracle host. Copy all images from misc/images/png_modern to /tmp/zabbix_images directory on Oracle host:
shell> cd /path/to/zabbix-sources shell> ssh [email protected] "mkdir /tmp/zabbix_images" shell> scp -r misc/images/png_modern [email protected]:/tmp/zabbix_images/
Now prepare the database:
shell> cd database/oracle shell> sqlplus zabbix/[email protected]/ORCL sqlplus> @schema.sql # stop here if you are creating database for Zabbix proxy sqlplus> @images.sql sqlplus> @data.sql
Please set the initialization parameter CURSOR_SHARING=FORCE for best performance.
After executing the images.sql script the /tmp/zabbix_images temporary directory can be removed.
It is important to set UTF-8 locale for Zabbix server, Zabbix proxy and web server running Zabbix frontend. Otherwise text information from Zabbix will be interpreted by IBM DB2 server as non-UTF-8 and will be additionally converted on the way from Zabbix to the database and back. The database will store corrupted non-ASCII characters.
Zabbix frontend uses
LIMIT clauses in SQL queries. For this to work, IBM DB2 server must have DB2_COMPATIBILITY_VECTOR variable be set to 3. Run the following command before starting the database server:
If using SQLite with Zabbix proxy, database will be automatically created if it does not exist.
Return to the installation section.