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Nagios is a monitoring and management system for hosts, services, and


Nagios offers complete monitoring and alerting for servers, switches, applications, and services.

This charm is designed to do basic monitoring of any service in the Charm Store that relates to it. There is an NRPE subordinate charm that you can use if you want to use local monitors.


This charm is designed to be used with other charms. In order to monitor anything in your juju environment for working PING and SSH, just relate the services to this service. In this example we deploy a central monitoring instance, mediawiki, a database, and then monitor them with Nagios:

juju deploy nagios central-monitor
juju deploy mysql big-db
juju deploy mediawiki big-wiki
juju add-relation big-db:db big-wiki:db
juju add-relation big-db central-monitor
juju add-relation big-wiki central-monitor

This should result in your Nagios monitoring all of the service units.

There is an NRPE subordinate charm which must be used for any local monitors. See the nrpe charm's README for information on how to make use of it.

You can expose the service and browse to http://x.x.x.x/nagios3 to get to the web UI, following the example:

juju expose central-monitor
juju status central-monitor

Will get you the public IP of the web interface.


  • enable_livestatus - Setting to enable the livestatus module. This is an easy interface to get data out of Nagios.

  • livestatus_path - Configuration of where the livestatus module is stored - defaults to /var/lib/nagios3/livestatus/socket.

SSL Configuration

  • ssl - Determinant configuration for enabling SSL. Valid options are "on", "off", "only". The "only" option disables HTTP traffic on Apache in favor of HTTPS. This setting may cause unexpected behavior with existing nagios charm deployments.

  • ssl_cert - Base64 encoded SSL certificate. Deploys to configured ssl_domain certificate name as /etc/ssl/certs/{ssl_domain}.pem. If left blank, the certificate and key will be autogenerated as self-signed.

  • ssl_key - Base64 encoded SSL key. Deploys to configured ssl_domain key as /etc/ssl/private/{ssl_domain}.key. If ssl_cert is blank, this option will be ignored.

  • ssl_chain - Base64 encoded SSL Chain. Deploys to configured ssl_domain chain authority as /etc/ssl/certs/{ssl_domain}.csr. If ssl_cert is blank, this option will be ignored.

Typical SSL Workflow for Self Signed Keys:

juju deply nagios central-monitor
juju set central-monitor ssl=on

If you purchased keys from a certificate authority:

juju deply nagios central-monitor
juju set central-monitor ssl_cert=`base64 mykey.pem`
juju set central-monitor ssl_key=`base64 mykey.key`
juju set central-monitor ssl_chain=`base64 mykey.csr`
juju set central-monitor ssl=on

Known Issues / Caveates

Web Interface username/password

Login: nagiosadmin
Password: see below

To fetch the Nagios Administrative password you have to retrieve them from
the nagios host, as it is generated during installation.

juju ssh central-monitor/0 sudo cat /var/lib/juju/nagios.passwd

Monitors Interface

The monitors interface expects three fields:

  • monitors - YAML matching the monitors yaml spec. See example.monitors.yaml for more information.
  • target-id - Assign any monitors to this target host definition.
  • target-address - Optional, specifies the host of the target to monitor. This must be specified by at least one unit so that the intended target-id will be monitorable.

Contact Information



(string) base64 encoded server certificate key. If ssl_cert is blank, this is ignored.
(string) base64 encoded server certificate. If left blank, the certificate and key will be autogenerated as self-signed.
(string) Any additional nagios configuration you would like to add can be set into this element. It will be placed in /etc/nagios3/conf.d/extra.cfg
(string) Enable SSL communication for Nagios. Possible values are "on", "off", or "only". The "only" option disables All HTTP communication in favor of HTTPS - may play havok with existing nagios deployments.
(boolean) Config variable to enable livestatus module or not.
(string) base64 encoded chain certificates file. If ssl_cert is blank, this will be ignored.
(string) Default path to livestatus socket, if enabled via enable_livestatus
(string) Password to use for Nagios administrative access. If not provided, a password will be generated (see documentation for instructions on retrieving the generated password.)