7 Web interface installation

This section provides step-by-step instructions for installing Zabbix web interface. Zabbix frontend is written in PHP, so to run it a PHP supported webserver is needed.

You can find out more about setting up SSL for Zabbix frontend by referring to these best practices.

Welcome screen

Open Zabbix frontend URL in the browser. If you have installed Zabbix from packages, the URL is:

  • for Apache: http://<server_ip_or_name>/zabbix
  • for Nginx: http://<server_ip_or_name>

You should see the first screen of the frontend installation wizard.

Use the Default language drop-down menu to change system default language and continue the installation process in the selected language (optional). For more information, see Installation of additional frontend languages.

Check of pre-requisites

Make sure that all software prerequisites are met.

Pre-requisite Minimum value Description
PHP version 8.0.0
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: MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL. One of the following modules must be installed:
mysql, oci8, pgsql
bcmath php-bcmath
mbstring php-mbstring
PHP mbstring.func_overload option must be disabled In php.ini:
mbstring.func_overload = 0
sockets php-net-socket. Required for user script support.
gd 2.0.28 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
xmlwriter php-xmlwriter
xmlreader php-xmlreader
ctype php-ctype
session php-session
gettext php-gettext
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.
curl php-curl
The PHP curl extension is not a mandatory requirement for installing Zabbix. If curl is not installed, the frontend will work as usual, however, the Duo Universal Prompt multi-factor authentication option 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.

If there is a need to change the Apache user or user group, permissions to the session folder must be verified. Otherwise Zabbix setup may be unable to continue.

Configure DB connection

Enter details for connecting to the database. Zabbix database must already be created.

If the Database TLS encryption option is checked, then additional fields for configuring the TLS connection to the database appear in the form (MySQL or PostgreSQL only).

If Store credentials in is set to HashiCorp Vault or CyberArk Vault, additional parameters will become available:

  • for HashiCorp Vault: Vault API endpoint, vault prefix, secret path, and authentication token;

  • for CyberArk Vault: Vault API endpoint, vault prefix, secret query string, and certificates. Upon marking Vault certificates checkbox, two new fields for specifying paths to SSL certificate file and SSL key file will appear.


Entering a name for Zabbix server is optional, however, if submitted, it will be displayed in the menu bar and page titles.

Set the default time zone and theme for the frontend.

Pre-installation summary

Review a summary of settings.


If installing Zabbix from sources, download the configuration file and place it under conf/ in the webserver HTML documents subdirectory where you copied Zabbix PHP files to.

Providing the webserver user has write access to conf/ directory the configuration file would be saved automatically and it would be possible to proceed to the next step right away.

Finish the installation.

Log in

Zabbix frontend is ready! The default user name is Admin, password zabbix.

Proceed to getting started with Zabbix.