Server Monitoring with Shinken on Ubuntu 16.04

Shinken is an open source computer and network monitoring framework written in python and compatible with Nagios. Shinken can be used on all operating systems that can run python applications like Linux, Unix, and Windows. Shinken was written by Jean Gabes as proof of concept for a new Nagios architecture, but it was turned down by the Nagios author and became an independent network and system monitoring tool that stays compatible with Nagios.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Shinken from source and add a Linux host to the monitoring system. I will use Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus as the operating system for the Shinken server and monitored host.

Step 1 - Install Shinken Server

Shinken is a python framework, we can install it with pip or install it from source. In this step, we will install Shinken from source.

There are some tasks that have to be completed before we start installing Shinken.

Install some new python packages and create Linux user with the name "shinken":

sudo apt-get install python-setuptools python-pip python-pycurl
useradd -m -s /bin/bash shinken

Download the Shinken source from GitHub repository:

git clone
cd shinken/

Then install Shinken with the command below:

git checkout 2.4.3
python install

Next, for better results, we need to install 'python-cherrypy3' from the ubuntu repository:

sudo apt-get install python-cherrypy3

Now Shinken is installed, next we add Shinken to start at boot time and start it:

update-rc.d shinken defaults
systemctl start shinken

Step 2 - Install Shinken Webui2

Webui2 is the Shinken web interface available from The easiest way to install Sshinken webui2 is by using the shinken CLI command (which has to be executed as shinken user).

Login to the shinken user:

su - shinken

Initialize the shinken configuration file - The command will create a new configuration .shinken.ini:

shinken --init

And install webui2 with this shinken CLI command:

shinken install webui2

Install applications with the shinken command

Webui2 is installed, but we need to install MongoDB and another python package with pip. Run command below as root:

sudo apt-get install mongodb
pip install pymongo>=3.0.3 requests arrow bottle==0.12.8

Next, go to the shinken directory and add the new webui2 module by editing the 'broker-master.cfg' file:

cd /etc/shinken/brokers/
vim broker-master.cfg

Add a new option inside module on line 40:

modules     webui2

Save the file and exit the editor.

Now go to the contacts directory and edit the file 'admin.cfg' for the admin configuration.

cd /etc/shinken/contacts/
vim admin.cfg

Change the values shown below:

contact_name    admin       # Username 'admin'
password        yourpass    # Pass 'mypass'

Save and exit.

Step 3 - Install Nagios-plugins and Shinken Packages

In this step, we will install Nagios-plugins and some Perl module. Then install additional shinken packages from to perform the monitoring.

Install Nagios-plugins and cpanminus which is required for building and installing the Perl modules:

sudo apt-get install nagios-plugins* cpanminus

Install these Perl modules with the cpanm command:

cpanm Net::SNMP
cpanm Time::HiRes
cpanm DBI

Now create new link for file to shinken the directory and create a new directory for Log_File_Health:

chmod u+s /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/check_icmp
ln -s /usr/lib/nagios/plugins/ /var/lib/shinken/libexec/
mkdir -p /var/log/rhosts/
touch /var/log/rhosts/remote-hosts.log

Next, install the shinken packages ssh and linux-snmp for monitoring SSH and SNMP sources from

su - shinken
shinken install ssh
shinken install linux-snmp

Step 4 - Add a New Linux Host/host-one

We will add a new Linux host that shall be monitored by using an Ubuntu 16.04 server with IP address and hostname 'host-one'.

Connect to the Linux host-one:

ssh [email protected]

Install the snmp and snmpd packages from the Ubuntu repository:

sudo apt-get install snmp snmpd

Next, edit the configuration file 'snmpd.conf' with vim:

vim /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf

Comment line 15 and uncomment line 17:

#agentAddress  udp:
agentAddress udp:161,udp6:[::1]:161

Comment line 51 and 53, then add new line configuration below:

#rocommunity mypass  default    -V systemonly
#rocommunity6 mypass  default   -V systemonly

rocommunity mypass

Save and exit.

Now start the snmpd service with the systemctl command:

systemctl start snmpd

Go to the shinken server and define the new host by creating a new file in the 'hosts' directory.

cd /etc/shinken/hosts/
vim host-one.cfg

Paste configuration below:

define host{
        use                 generic-host,linux-snmp,ssh
        contact_groups      admins
        host_name           host-one
        _SNMPCOMMUNITY      mypass        # SNMP Pass Config on snmpd.conf

Save and exit.

Edit the SNMP configuration on the Shinken server:

vim /etc/shinken/resource.d/snmp.cfg

Change 'public' to 'mypass' - must be the same password that you used in the snmpd configuration file on the client host-one.


Save and exit.

Now reboot both servers - Shinken server and the monitored Linux host:


The new Linux host has been added successfully to the Shinken server.

Step 5 - Access Shinken Webui2

Visit the Shinken webui2 on port 7677 (replace the IP in the URL with your IP):

Log in with user admin and your password (the one that you have set in the admin.cfg configuration file).

The Shinken Login page

Shinken Dashboard in Webui2.

The Shinken monitoring dashboard

Our 2 servers are monitored with Shinken.

Both servers are monitored with Shinken

List all services that are monitored with linux-snmp.

Monitored Services

Status of all hosts and services.

The status of all hosts

Step 6 - Common Problems with Shinken

- Problems with the NTP server

When you get this error with NTP.

TimeSync - CRITICAL ( NTP CRITICAL: No response from the NTP server)
TimeSync - CRITICAL ( NTP CRITICAL: Offset unknown )

To solve this problem, install ntp on all Linux hosts.

sudo apt-get install ntp ntpdate

Edit the ntp configuration:

vim /etc/ntp.conf

Comment all the pools and replace it with:

#pool iburst
#pool iburst
#pool iburst
#pool iburst


Next, add a new line inside restrict:

# Local users may interrogate the ntp server more closely.
restrict #shinken server IP address
restrict ::1

NOTE: is the Shinken server IP address.

Save and exit.

Start ntp and check the Shinken dashboard:


- Problem Not Found

Download the source from the github repository to the shinken lib directory:

cd /var/lib/shinken/libexec/
chmod +x
chown shinken:shinken

- Problem with NetworkUsage

There is error message:

ERROR : Unknown interface eth\d+

Check your network interface and edit the linux-snmp template.

On my Ubuntu server, the network interface is 'enp0s8', not eth0, so I got this error.

Edit the linux-snmp template packs with vim:

vim /etc/shinken/packs/linux-snmp/templates.cfg

Add the network interface to line 24:

_NET_IFACES         eth\d+|em\d+|enp0s8

Save and exit.


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By: Ian

I am trying to move from PRTG to other tool, I like Icinga and now Shinken... What do you think is the best open source option?

By: Issa


well i mstuck with snmp_memory, on shinken i have the message : SNMP problem - no value returned


and when i try to lunch it manualy :

[email protected]:~$ /var/lib/shinken/libexec/ -w 85 -c 95 -- -c public -H XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX -verboseUse of uninitialized value $x in pattern match (m//) at /var/lib/shinken/libexec/ line 75.Use of uninitialized value $memRealTotal in numeric eq (==) at /var/lib/shinken/libexec/ line 118.SNMP problem - no value returned

do u have a help please





By: raoulbabouiouledede

patch /var/lib/shinken/libexec/

add "-v 2c " in line 62 :my $cmd = $snmpget . " -v 2c " . $STR . " " . $OID;