PNP is an addon to Nagios which analyzes performance data provided by plugins and stores them automatically into RRD-databases


  • RRDtool is the OpenSource industry standard, high performance data logging and graphing system for time series data. Use it to write your custom monitoring shell scripts or create whole applications using its Perl, Python, Ruby, TCL or PHP bindings.
    Our CentOS server needed a few devel libraries installed for RRDtool:

    yum -y install cairo-devel glib2-devel pango-devel

    Download the latest source for RRDtool

    cd /extra/src
    tar zxf rrdtool-1.4.3.tar.gz
    cd rrdtool-1.4.3

    Configure it with a few adjustments for our setup:

    ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/rrdtool

    If everything is ok, then build and install it

    make install
  • Zlib support for PHP - --with-zlib

Download the latest version of PNP4Nagios:

cd /extra/src
tar zxf pnp4nagios-0.6.3.tar.gz
cd pnp4nagios-0.6.3

Configure it:

./configure \
--with-rrdtool=/usr/local/rrdtool/bin/rrdtool \
--with-httpd-conf=/usr/local/apache2/conf/extra \

Then build and install:

make all
make install

Copy the sample config files:

make install-config

Add pnp4nagios to your Apache configuration:

  • Install the Apache config file into /usr/local/apache2/conf/extra/pnp4nagios.conf:

    make install-webconf

    Then edit /usr/local/apache2/conf/httpd.conf and add a line to load the PNP4Nagios conf file:

    Include conf/extra/pnp4nagios.conf
  • orcan add the contents of src/httpd.conf to your Nagios VirtualHost directive:
    Alias /pnp4nagios "/usr/local/pnp4nagios/share"

    <Directory "/usr/local/pnp4nagios/share">
      AllowOverride None
      Order allow,deny
      Allow from all
      # Use the same value as defined in nagios.conf
      AuthName "Nagios Access"
      AuthType Basic
      AuthUserFile /usr/local/nagios/etc/htpasswd.users
      Require valid-user
      <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
        # Turn on URL rewriting
        RewriteEngine On
        Options FollowSymLinks
        # Installation directory
        RewriteBase /pnp4nagios/
        # Protect application and system files from being viewed
        RewriteRule ^(application|modules|system) - [F,L]
        # Allow any files or directories that exist to be displayed directly
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
        RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
        # Rewrite all other URLs to index.php/URL
        RewriteRule .* index.php/$0 [PT,L]

Access the PNP4Nagios Environment Tests by going to http:///pnp4nagios. If it passes all the tests, remove the install.php file:

rm /usr/local/pnp4nagios/share/install.php

NPCD Daemon
We're going to use daemontools. If you haven't already, install daemontools.
Copy the sample NPCD config file:

cp /usr/local/pnp4nagios/etc/npcd.cfg-sample /usr/local/pnp4nagios/etc/npcd.cfg

Create a directory for the NRPE service:

mkdir -m 1755 /var/service/npcd
cd /var/service/npcd

Create the run script and make it executable:

echo '#!/bin/sh' > run
echo 'exec 2>&1' >> run
echo 'exec /usr/local/pnp4nagios/bin/npcd -f /usr/local/pnp4nagios/etc/npcd.cfg' >> run
chmod 755 run

Our log script comes from John Simpson's:

mkdir -m 755 log
cd log
mv service-any-log-run run
chmod 755 run

Finally, add the service to daemontools by creating the symbolic link in /service

ln -s /var/service/npcd /service/npcd

Confirm that the service is running:

svstat /service/npcd /service/npcd/log

Data Collection
Nagios needs to be configured to trigger the data collector by editing /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg and editing/uncommenting some lines:


Edit /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects/commands.cfg and remove the existing process-service-perfdata and process-host-perfdata commands. Then add the new PNP4Nagios commands for service and host performance data logging:

define command {
       command_name    process-service-perfdata
       command_line    /usr/bin/perl /usr/local/pnp4nagios/libexec/

define command {
       command_name    process-host-perfdata
       command_line    /usr/bin/perl /usr/local/pnp4nagios/libexec/ -d HOSTPERFDATA

Nagios Web Front-End Integration
In order to easily view the graphs from your Nagios server, we can take advantage of Nagios' external URL features in extended info configs. There are two ways of doing it - regular links or Javascript pop-ups:

  • Regular Links
    Edit /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects/templates.cfg and add:

    # PNP4Nagios host/service definitions
    define host {
       name       host-pnp
       action_url /pnp4nagios/graph?host=$HOSTNAME$&srv=_HOST_
       register   0

    define service {
       name       srv-pnp
       action_url /pnp4nagios/graph?host=$HOSTNAME$&srv=$SERVICEDESC$
       register   0

  • Javascript pop-ups
    Copy status-header.ssi to your Nagios web files:

    cp /extra/src/pnp4nagios-0.6.3/contrib/ssi/status-header.ssi \

    Edit /usr/local/nagios/etc/objects/templates.cfg and add:

    define host {
       name       host-pnp
       action_url /pnp4nagios/graph?host=$HOSTNAME$&srv=_HOST_' class='tips' rel='/pnp4nagios/popup?host=$HOSTNAME$&srv=_HOST_
       register   0

    define service {
       name       srv-pnp
       action_url /pnp4nagios/graph?host=$HOSTNAME$&srv=$SERVICEDESC$' class='tips' rel='/pnp4nagios/popup?host=$HOSTNAME$&srv=$SERVICEDESC$
       register   0

To use them, add them to your host/service definitions with something similiar to:

define host{
        use                     linux-server,host-pnp    ; Name of host templates to use
                                                         ; This host definition will inherit all variables that are defined
                                                         ; in (or inherited by) the linux-server host template definition.
        host_name               localhost
        alias                   localhost

define service{
        use                     local-service,srv-pnp   ; Name of service template to use
        host_name               localhost
        service_description     PING
        check_command           check_ping!100.0,20%!500.0,60%

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