5 Custom alertscripts


If you are not satisfied with existing media types for sending alerts there is an alternative way to do that. You can create a script that will handle the notification your way.

Alert scripts are executed on Zabbix server. These scripts are located in the directory defined in the server configuration file AlertScriptsPath variable.

Here is an example alert script:

cat <<EOF | mail -s "$subject" "$to"

Starting from version 3.4 Zabbix checks for the exit code of the executed commands and scripts. Any exit code which is different from 0 is considered as a command execution error. In such case Zabbix will try to repeat failed execution.

Environment variables are not preserved or created for the script, so they should be handled explicitly.


To configure custom alertscripts as the media type:

  • Go to Administration → Media types
  • Click on Create media type

The Media type tab contains general media type attributes:

Name Enter name of the media type.
Type Select Script as the type.
Script name Enter the name of the script.
Script parameters Add command-line parameters to the script.
{ALERT.SENDTO}, {ALERT.SUBJECT} and {ALERT.MESSAGE} macros are supported in script parameters.
Customizing script parameters is supported since Zabbix 3.0.

The Options tab contains alert processing settings that are common for all media types.

As parallel processing of media types is implemented since Zabbix 3.4.0, it is important to note that with more than one script media type configured, these scripts may be processed in parallel by alerter processes. The total number of alerter processes is limited by the StartAlerters parameter.

User media

To assign custom alertscripts to the user:

  • Go to Administration → Users
  • Open the user properties form
  • In Media tab, click on Add

User media attributes:

Type Select the custom alertscripts media type.
Send to Specify the recipient to receive the alerts.
When active You can limit the time when alertscripts are executed, for example, the working days only (1-5,09:00-18:00).
See the Time period specification page for description of the format.
Use if severity Mark the checkboxes of trigger severities that you want to activate the alertscript for.
Status Status of the user media.
Enabled - is in use.
Disabled - is not being used.