cacti installation how to

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  1. sysconfig

    sysconfig New Member

    Original how to is posted at:,153.0.html


    Cacti is a complete frontend to RRDTool, it stores all of the necessary information to create graphs and populate them with data in a MySQL database. The frontend is completely PHP driven. Along with being able to maintain Graphs, Data Sources, and Round Robin Archives in a database, cacti handles the data gathering. There is also SNMP support for those used to creating traffic graphs with MRTG.

    Cacti requirement:

    Apache (compiled with php support)

    MySQL configuration for cacti:

    [root:~]# mysql -uroot -p
    Enter password: 
    mysql> create database cactidb;
    mysql> grant all on cactidb.* to root;
    mysql> grant all on cactidb.* to root@localhost;
    mysql> grant all on cactidb.* to cactiuser;
    mysql> grant all on cactidb.* to cactiuser@localhost;
    mysql> set password for cactiuser@localhost=password('cactipw');
    mysql> flush privileges;
    mysql> exit
    RRDTool Installation:

    [root:~]# cd /usr/local/src/
    [root:~]# wget
    [root:~]# tar -zxf rrdtool.tar.gz
    [root:~]# cd rrdtool*
    [root:~]# ./configure
    [root:~]# make
    [root:~]# make install
    [root:~]# make site-perl-install
    [root:~]# cd ..
    [root:~]# rm -fr rrdtool*
    Download and setup cacti:

    [root:~]# group-add cacti
    [root:~]# useradd -g cacti cactiuser
    [root:~]# tar -zxvf cacti*
    [root:~]# mv cacti-0.8.xx /home/cactiuser/cacti
    [root:~]# cd /home/cactiuser/cacti
    [root:~]# mysql --user=root --password=rootpw cactidb < cacti.sql
    [root:~]# chown -R cactiuser rra/ log/
    Make the proper changes for database and database password:

    [root:~]# vi /include/config.php

    $database_defaut = “cactidb”;
    $database_hostname = “localhost”;
    $database_username = “cactiuser”;
    $database_password = “cactipw”
    Add this cron in /etc/crontab

    */5 * * * * cactiuser php /home/cactiuser/cacti/poller.php > /dev/null 2>&1

    Add an alias or virtual host in your apache configuration file:

    Alias /cacti/ "/home/cactiuser/cacti/"

    Save and restart the apache and mysql service.

    Post Installation Steps:

    Browse the below mentioned URL:




    1. Click Next
    2. Default (New Install) -> Click Next
    3. In third step you will have to provide the correct path of rrdtool and php
    RRDTOOL = /usr/local/rrdtool-1.2.15/bin/rrdtool
    4. Click Finish
    5. Login with Username/Password: admin/admin
    6. Change Password for user admin
    7. Click Save
    Thats all cacti is installed!
  2. Daniel15

    Daniel15 New Member

  3. Hans

    Hans Moderator ISPConfig Developer

  4. sysconfig

    sysconfig New Member

    Yes, I am posting in cPanel forums too as "Manuel_accu" :)

    Thanks :)

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