How to Install Icinga2 Monitoring Tool on Ubuntu 20.04/22.04

Icinga2 is a powerful free and open-source monitoring tool that keeps an eye on your network resources and sends alerts or notifications in case of failure or outages. It also collects metrics from network resources that can help you generate performance data and create reports.

Icinga2 is scalable and it can monitor small to large and complex networks across various locations. In this guide, you will learn how to install the Icinga2 monitoring tool on Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 22.04.

Step 1: Install Apache, MariaDB, and PHP

We start off by installing Apache, MariaDB, and PHP with additional PHP modules which are required during the final setup of Icinga2 on a web browser.

$ sudo apt install apache2 mariadb-server mariadb-client mariadb-common php php-gd php-mbstring php-mysqlnd php-curl php-xml php-cli php-soap php-intl php-xmlrpc php-zip php-common php-opcache php-gmp php-imagick php-pgsql -y

Once installed, make sure all the services are running. If so, run the following commands.

$ sudo systemctl start {apache2,mariadb}
 $ sudo systemctl enable {apache2,mariadb}
 $ sudo systemctl status {apache2,mariadb}

Next, you need to use mysql_secure_installation script to set up the password for the database root account, remove anonymous users, disallow root login remotely and remove the test database.

$ sudo mysql_secure_installation

With the PHP modules in place, you need to modify the php.ini file which is the default configuration file for applications running on PHP.

Using your preferred editor, open the file. Here. we are using a nano command-line editor.

$ sudo nano /etc/php/7.4/apache2/php.ini

Make the following changes to the following parameters.

memory_limit = 256M 
 post_max_size = 64M
 upload_max_filesize = 100M 
 max_execution_time = 300
 default_charset ="UTF-8"
 date.timezone ="Asia/Kolkata"

For the date.timezone parameter, be sure to set it up to reflect your current time zone. Here is a list of supported times zones by PHP.

To apply the changes made, simply restart the Apache webserver.

$ sudo systemctl restart apache2

Step 2: Install Icinga2 on Ubuntu

With the PHP configuration out of the way, we will proceed and install Icinga2. However, the Icinga2 repository is not provided by the Ubuntu 20.04 repositories. As such, we need to manually add the repository to your system.

Therefore, start off by adding the GPG key using the curl command.

$ curl | apt-key add -

Next, create a repository file for Icinga2.

$ sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list.d/icinga-focal.list

Add the following entries.

deb icinga-focal main
 deb-src icinga-focal main

Save and exit the file.

To start using the repository, update the package lists as follows.

$ sudo apt update

Next, install Icinga2 and the monitoring plugins.

$ sudo apt install icinga2 monitoring-plugins
Install Icinga2 on Ubuntu

Once the installation is complete, enable and start the Icinga2 service.

$ sudo systemctl enable icinga2
 $ sudo systemctl start icinga2

To confirm that the Icinga2 service is running, execute:

$ sudo systemctl status icinga2
Check Icinga2 on Ubuntu

The output indicates that the Icinga2 daemon is running and we are good to go.

Step 3: Install the Icinga2 IDO Module

The Icinga2 Data Output (IDO) exports all the configuration and status information into a database. The IDO database is then used by Icinga Web 2 as a data backend.

To install the module, run the command

$ sudo apt install icinga2-ido-mysql -y
Install Icinga2 IDO Module

Along the way, a pop-up will be displayed on the terminal. To enable Icinga2’s ido-mysql feature, select ‘Yes‘ and press ENTER.

Configure ido-mysql Module

The icinga2-ido-mysql package requires a database installed and configured. This can be handled with dbconfig-common, but we are going to create the database ourselves. So select ‘No‘ and refuse this option.

Configure ido-mysql Database

Next, log in to your MariaDB database server.

$ sudo mysql -u root -p

Then, create a database and a database user for the icinga2-ido-mysql package and grant the user all the privileges on the database.

> CREATE DATABASE icinga_ido_db;
 > GRANT ALL ON icinga_ido_db.* TO 'icinga_ido_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'Password321';
 > EXIT;
Create Icinga2 Database

With the database in place, proceed and import the Icinga2 IDO schema using the command. You will be required to provide the database server’s root password.

$ sudo mysql -u root -p icinga_ido_db < /usr/share/icinga2-ido-mysql/schema/mysql.sql

Step 4: Enable the Icinga2 IDO Module

To enable the icinga2-ido-mysql database communication with Icinga Web 2, we need to go a step further and make changes to the default configuration file.

Open the icinga2-ido-mysql configuration file.

$ sudo vim /etc/icinga2/features-available/ido-mysql.conf

Edit the following entries and set them to match the icinga2-ido-mysql database details as specified in Step 3.

Enable Icinga MySQL Module

Save the changes and exit.

Then enable the icinga2-ido-mysql feature.

$ sudo icinga2 feature enable ido-mysql

For the changes to come into effect, restart Icinga2.

$ sudo systemctl restart icinga2 
Restart Icinga2 Service

Step 5: Install and Setup IcingaWeb2

The last component to install and configure is IcingaWeb 2, which is a fast, powerful, and extensible PHP framework that acts as the front end to Icinga2.

So install IcingaWeb2 and the Icinga CLI, run the command.

$ sudo apt install icingaweb2 icingacli -y
Install IcingaWeb2 in Ubuntu

We need to create a second database schema that will be designated for Icinga Web 2.

Once again, log in to your database server.

$ sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create the database and database user for Icingaweb2 and grant all permissions to the database user on the database.

> CREATE DATABASE icingaweb2;
 > GRANT ALL ON icingaweb2.* TO 'icingaweb2user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '[email protected]';
 > EXIT;
Create Icingaweb2 Database

Thereafter, create a setup token using the following command. The setup token will be used during authentication when setting up Icinga2 on the browser.

$ sudo icingacli setup token create
Create Icingaweb2 Token

In case you lose or forget the token, you can view it by running the command:

$ sudo icingacli setup token show
View Icingaweb2 Token

Step 6: Complete IcingaWeb2 Installation in Ubuntu

With all configurations in place, we will now complete the Icinga2 set up on a web browser. So, launch your browser and head over to the URL shown.


This takes you to the Welcome page as shown. Remember the setup token that you created? Copy and Paste it in the text field and click ‘Next’.

Add Icingaweb2 Token

On the ‘Modules‘ page, the ‘Monitoring’ module is enabled by default. However, you are at liberty to enable your preferred modules.

Icingaweb2 Modules

Then scroll down and click ‘Next‘.

In the next step, ensure that all the PHP modules and libraries are installed and directory permissions are correct.

Icingaweb2 PHP Modules

Then scroll down and click ‘Next‘.

On the ‘Authentication’ page, select ‘Database’ as the authentication type and click ‘Next’.

Icingaweb2 Database Authentication

In the ‘Database Resource’ section, fill in the database details for IcingaWeb2 as specified in Step 5.

Icingaweb2 Database Resource

Then scroll down and click ‘Validate Configuration’ to validate the database details.

Icingaweb2 Validate Configuration

If all went well, the database configuration will be successfully validated. Once the validation is successful, scroll down and click ‘Next’.

Icingaweb2 Validate Confirmation

In the next step, click ‘Next’ to accept the defaults.

Icingaweb2 Backend Name

In the ‘Application Configuration’ section, click ‘Next’ to accept the defaults.

Icingaweb2 Application Configuration

In the next step, take some time and review all the changes for Icinga Web 2. Ensure that all the configurations are correct and feel free to go back and make the necessary corrections.

Icingaweb2 Configuration Summary

If all looks good, scroll down and click ‘Next‘.

The last section in the Icinga2 web setup entails configuring the monitoring module. So, click ‘Next’.

Icingaweb2 Monitoring Modules

Next, fill in the database details for the Icinga2 IDO module as specified in Step 3.

Icinga2 IDO Database Module

Then scroll down and click ‘Validate Configuration’.

Icinga2 IDO Validate Configuration

Once again, the validation of the database details should be a success. If you get an error, head back and ensure all the details are correct.

Icinga2 IDO Validate Confirmation

To head to the next step, scroll down and click ‘Next’.

In the ‘Command Transport’ section, select ‘Local Command File’ as the transport type and click ‘Next’.

Icingaweb2 Command Transport

In the ‘Monitoring Security’ section, simply click ‘Next’ to go with the defaults.

Icingaweb2 Monitoring Security

Review all the changes for the monitoring module. If anything looks out of place, head back and make the necessary corrections.

Confirm IcingaWeb2 Monitoring Configurations

Then scroll down and click ‘Finish’.

At this point, Icinga Web 2 has successfully been set up and you should see a notification to that effect as shown below. To log in to the Icinga2 dashboard, click on ‘Login to Icinga Web 2’.

Icingaweb2 User Login

This takes you to the login page as shown. Provide your Admin account details and press ENTER to log in.

Icingaweb2 Admin Login

And the Icinga2 dashboard will come into view. Any existing issues will be displayed with their level of severity. For example, the dashboard notifies us of 28 packages with ready upgrades.

Icingaweb2 Dashboard

To verify this, we will head back to the terminal and run the command:

$ sudo apt list --upgradable
List Upgradable Packages

To upgrade the packages, we will simply run:

$ sudo apt upgrade -y

And this resolves the issue. From the dashboard, you can see that there are no more issues displayed.

Icingaweb2 Dashboard Summary

In this guide, we have demonstrated how to install the Icinga2 monitoring tool on Ubuntu. Admittedly, the installation is quite long and requires attention to detail. Nonetheless, if you followed the steps to the latter, everything should work just fine.

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