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1 Database creation scripts


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.

schema.sql, images.sql and 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.

shell> mysql -uroot -p<password>
       mysql> create database zabbix character set utf8 collate utf8_bin;
       mysql> create user 'zabbix'@'localhost' identified by '<password>';
       mysql> grant all privileges on zabbix.* to 'zabbix'@'localhost';
       mysql> quit;

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:

shell> cd database/mysql
       shell> mysql -uzabbix -p<password> zabbix < schema.sql
       # stop here if you are creating database for Zabbix proxy
       shell> mysql -uzabbix -p<password> zabbix < images.sql
       shell> mysql -uzabbix -p<password> zabbix < data.sql


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 sudo password):

shell> sudo -u postgres createuser --pwprompt zabbix

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):

shell> sudo -u postgres createdb -O zabbix -E Unicode -T template0 zabbix
       shell> cd database/postgresql
       shell> cat schema.sql | sudo -u zabbix psql zabbix

Stop here if you are creating database for Zabbix proxy.

shell> cat images.sql | sudo -u zabbix psql zabbix
       shell> cat data.sql | sudo -u zabbix psql zabbix

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:

sqlplus> select parameter,value from v$nls_parameters where parameter='NLS_CHARACTERSET' or parameter='NLS_NCHAR_CHARACTERSET';

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 user@host "mkdir /tmp/zabbix_images"
       shell> scp -r misc/images/png_modern user@host:/tmp/zabbix_images/

Now prepare the database:

shell> cd database/oracle
       shell> sqlplus zabbix/password@host/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.


shell> db2 "create database zabbix using codeset utf-8 territory us pagesize 32768"
       shell> cd database/ibm_db2
       shell> db2batch -d zabbix -f schema.sql
       # stop here if you are creating database for Zabbix proxy
       shell> db2batch -d zabbix -f images.sql
       shell> db2batch -d zabbix -f data.sql 

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 OFFSET and 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:



shell> cd database/sqlite3
       shell> sqlite3 /var/lib/sqlite/zabbix.db < schema.sql
       # stop here if you are creating database for Zabbix proxy
       shell> sqlite3 /var/lib/sqlite/zabbix.db < images.sql
       shell> sqlite3 /var/lib/sqlite/zabbix.db < data.sql

If using SQLite with Zabbix proxy, database will be automatically created if it does not exist.

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