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You can get the very latest version of Zabbix by compiling it from the sources.
A step-by-step tutorial for installing Zabbix from the sources is provided here.
Go to the Zabbix download page and download the source archive. Once downloaded, extract the sources, by running:
$ tar -zxvf zabbix-3.0.0.tar.gz
For all of the Zabbix daemon processes, an unprivileged user is required. If a Zabbix daemon is started from an unprivileged user account, it will run as that user.
However, if a daemon is started from a 'root' account, it will switch to a 'zabbix' user account, which must be present. To create such a user account (in its own group, “zabbix”) on Linux systems, run:
groupadd zabbix useradd -g zabbix zabbix
A separate user account is not required for Zabbix frontend installation.
If Zabbix server and agent are run on the same machine it is recommended to use a different user for running the server than for running the agent. Otherwise, if both are run as the same user, the agent can access the server configuration file and any Admin level user in Zabbix can quite easily retrieve, for example, the database password.
bin, or any other account with special rights is a security risk.
SQL scripts are provided for creating database schema and inserting the dataset. Zabbix proxy database needs only the schema while Zabbix server database requires also the dataset on top of the schema.
Having created a Zabbix database, proceed to the following steps of compiling Zabbix.
When configuring the sources for a Zabbix server or proxy, you must specify the database type to be used. Only one database type can be compiled with a server or proxy process at a time.
To see all of the supported configuration options, inside the extracted Zabbix source directory run:
To configure the sources for a Zabbix server and agent, you may run something like:
./configure --enable-server --enable-agent --with-mysql --enable-ipv6 --with-net-snmp --with-libcurl --with-libxml2
To configure the sources for a Zabbix server (with PostgreSQL etc.), you may run:
./configure --enable-server --with-postgresql --with-net-snmp
To configure the sources for a Zabbix proxy (with SQLite etc.), you may run:
./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-proxy --with-net-snmp --with-sqlite3 --with-ssh2
To configure the sources for a Zabbix agent, you may run:
You may use the --enable-static flag to statically link libraries. If you plan to distribute compiled binaries among different servers, you must use this flag to make these binaries work without required libraries. Note that --enable-static does not work under Solaris.
In order to build the server statically you must have a static version of every external library needed. There is no strict check for that in configure script.
It is useful when there are several versions of MySQL installed or MariaDB installed alongside MySQL on the same system.
For encryption support see Compiling Zabbix with encryption support
$ make dbschema
This step should be run as a user with sufficient permissions (commonly 'root', or by using
make install will by default install the daemon binaries (zabbix_server, zabbix_agentd, zabbix_proxy) in /usr/local/sbin and the client binaries (zabbix_get, zabbix_sender) in /usr/local/bin.
You need to configure this file for every host with zabbix_agentd installed.
You must specify the Zabbix server IP address in the file. Connections from other hosts will be denied.
You must specify the database name, user and password (if using any).
The rest of the parameters will suit you with their defaults if you have a small installation (up to ten monitored hosts). You should change the default parameters if you want to maximize the performance of Zabbix server (or proxy) though. See the performance tuning section for more details.
You must specify the server IP address and proxy hostname (must be known to the server), as well as the database name, user and password (if using any).
Run zabbix_server on the server side.
Run zabbix_agentd on all the monitored machines.
If you have installed Zabbix proxy, run zabbix_proxy.
Zabbix frontend is written in PHP, so to run it a PHP supported webserver is needed. Installation is done by simply copying the PHP files from frontends/php to the webserver HTML documents directory.
Common locations of HTML documents directories for Apache web servers include:
It is suggested to use a subdirectory instead of the HTML root. To create a subdirectory and copy Zabbix frontend files into it, execute the following commands, replacing the actual directory:
mkdir <htdocs>/zabbix cd frontends/php cp -a . <htdocs>/zabbix
If installing from SVN and planning to use any other language than English, you must generate translation files. To do so, run:
msgfmt utility from gettext package is required.
In your browser, open Zabbix URL: http://<server_ip_or_name>/zabbix
You should see the first screen of the frontend installation wizard.
Make sure that all software prerequisites are met.
|PHP memory_limit option||128MB||In php.ini:
memory_limit = 128M
|PHP post_max_size option||16MB||In php.ini:
post_max_size = 16M
|PHP upload_max_filesize option||2MB||In php.ini:
upload_max_filesize = 2M
|PHP max_execution_time option||300 seconds (values 0 and -1 are allowed)||In php.ini:
max_execution_time = 300
|PHP max_input_time option||300 seconds (values 0 and -1 are allowed)||In php.ini:
max_input_time = 300
|PHP session.auto_start option||must be disabled||In php.ini:
session.auto_start = 0
|Database support||One of: IBM DB2, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQLite||One of the following modules must be installed:
ibm_db2, mysql, oci8, pgsql, sqlite3
|PHP mbstring.func_overload option||must be disabled||In php.ini:
mbstring.func_overload = 0
|PHP always_populate_raw_post_data option||must be disabled||Required only for PHP versions 5.6.0 or newer.
always_populate_raw_post_data = -1
|sockets||php-net-socket. Required for user script support.|
|gd||2.0 or higher||php-gd. PHP GD extension must support PNG images (--with-png-dir), JPEG (--with-jpeg-dir) images and FreeType 2 (--with-freetype-dir).|
|libxml||2.6.15||php-xml or php5-dom|
Since Zabbix 2.2.1, the PHP gettext extension is not a mandatory requirement for installing Zabbix. If gettext is not installed, the frontend will work as usual, however, the translations will not be available.
Optional pre-requisites may also be present in the list. A failed optional prerequisite is displayed in orange and has a Warning status. With a failed optional pre-requisite, the setup may continue.
Download the configuration file and place it under conf/ in the webserver HTML documents subdirectory where you copied Zabbix PHP files to.
Zabbix frontend is ready! The default user name is Admin, password zabbix.
Proceed to getting started with Zabbix.