Nagios Core Configuration Using NagiosQL (Web Interface)

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NagiosQL is a web based administration tool designed for Nagios, but might also work with forks. It helps you to easily build a complex configuration with all options, manage and use them. NagiosQL is based on a webserver with PHP, MySQL and local file or remote access to the Nagios configuration files.

NagiosQL Features

create, delete, modify and copy settings
create and export configuration files
create and download configuration files
easy configuration import
auto backup configuration files
consistency checks
syntax verification
user management
instant activation of new configs
many translations
easy Installation wizard
MySQL database platform

We have already discussed how to Install Nagios4.0.8 on ubuntu 15.04 Server

Install NagioSQL on Ubuntu 15.04

Download the latest version from here .Once you have .tar.gz file you can move this to /var/www directory

cp nagiosql_320.tar.gz /var/www

Extract the file

sudo tar -xvzf nagiosql_320.tar.gz

Change the permissions

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data nagiosql32

Now you need to configure NagioSQL website under /etc/apache2/sites-available

sudo vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/nagiosql32.conf

add the following lines

Alias /nagiosql32 /var/www/nagiosql32/

<Directory /var/www/nagiosql32/>
Options None
Order allow,deny
allow from all

Save and exit the file

Enable NagioSQL website using the following command

sudo a2ensite nagiosql32

Enabling site nagiosql32.

To activate the new configuration, you need to run:

sudo service apache2 reload

Now you can access the NgiosQL web interface using the following URL


You can see similar to the following screen here click the button START INSTALLATION


NagiosQL installation requirements verification


From the above screen we can see date.timezone setting missing so this can be changed from /etc/php5/apache/php.ini file

sudo vi /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

change the following line

;date.timezone =


date.timezone =Europe/London

Save and exit the file

NsqiosQL configuration tool required certain permission to change the Naqios Core configuration files from the web interface. Following commands will give proper permission to NagiosQL plugin for the successful installation.

sudo chgrp www-data /usr/local/nagios/etc/

sudo chgrp www-data /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg

sudo chgrp www-data /usr/local/nagios/etc/cgi.cfg

sudo chmod 775 /usr/local/nagios/etc/

sudo chmod 664 /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg

sudo chmod 664 /usr/local/nagios/etc/cgi.cfg

sudo chown nagios:www-data /usr/local/bin/nagios

sudo chmod 750 /usr/local/bin/nagios

Once you have fixed the error you can see simiilar to the following screen and click next


In this step installer will input the database details to be used for nagiosql. Also update the nagiosql path values as per given screenshots. Click Next


This screen showing that all the steps has successfully completed. You just need to click Next


After completing installation, you will be redirected to NagiosQL login screen here you need to enter login credentials

Once you logged in you can see similar to the following screen


Configure NagiosQL3.2.0 with Nagios Core

This is very important part of NagiosQL setup which will help you to complete integration

Edit NagiosQL Configuration

Login to NagiosQL administrator section and navigate to Administration ---> Administration ---> Config targets and click on Modify button for Local installation.



Edit Nagios Core Configuration File

Now edit nagios configuration file ( Eg: /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg ) and commend all earlier cfg_file and cfg_dir configuration settings and add new cfg_dir with /usr/local/nagios/nagiosql only.

sudo vi /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg

Comment out all the following lines


Add the following line


Save and exit the file

Verify Nagios core configuration file

sudo /usr/local/nagios/bin/nagios -v /usr/local/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg

If above command show no errors on screen, restart nagios core service

sudo /etc/init.d/nagios restart

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