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How to install Netdata to monitor your linux system

This article will tell how to install Netdata to monitor your linux system such as Linux Centos 7, Centos 8 or Ubuntu.

Netdata is very power full real time monitoring tools for Linux that are monitor all system health.

The best way to install Netdata is using one line command from Netdata, including required system packages, compile Netdata, install Netdata and start Netdata.

How to install Netdata real time monitoring

Below is single line command to install Nedata

# bash 

There is no problem when you installing Netdata on Centos 7.

But on Centos 8, if you see an error, just ignore and enter to start Netdata installation.

yum install Judy-devel autoconf-archive autogen libmnl-devel libuv-devel lz4-devel nmap-ncat python
Last metadata expiration check: 2:35:55 ago on Sun Nov  3 10:20:08 2019.
No match for argument: Judy-devel
No match for argument: autoconf-archive
No match for argument: autogen
No match for argument: libmnl-devel
No match for argument: libuv-devel
No match for argument: python
There are following alternatives for "python": python2, python36

The problem is Netdata doen not have user authentication.

So we will use Nginx http authentication or Apache http authentication.

Add nginx upstream configuration like below:

upstream netdata {
    keepalive 64;

Add the following code to server block:

server {
 location ~ /netdata/(?.*) {
  auth_basic "Restricted";
  auth_basic_user_file /etc/nginx/.htpasswd;
  proxy_redirect off;
  proxy_set_header Host $host;

  proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Host $host;
  proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Server $host;
  proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
  proxy_http_version 1.1;
  proxy_pass_request_headers on;
  proxy_set_header Connection "keep-alive";
  proxy_store off;
  proxy_pass http://netdata/$ndpath$is_args$args;

  gzip on;
  gzip_proxied any;
  gzip_types *;

Create user authentication, for example username is serverdiary

# echo -n 'serverdiary:' >> /etc/nginx/.htpasswd
# openssl passwd yourpassword >> /etc/nginx/.htpasswd

Netdata configuration to monitor Nginx

Enable Nginx status to monitor your Nginx, copy code below and save to /etc/nginx/conf.d/status.conf

server {
  listen 80;
  server_name localhost;

  access_log off;
  deny all;

  location /nginx_status {
    # Choose your status module
    # freely available with open source NGINX
    # for open source NGINX 

Restart Nginx to load new configuration

# systemctl restart nginx

Create file /etc/netdata/python.d/nginx.conf and paste the following code

  name: 'local'
  path: '/var/log/nginx/access.log'
How to Monitoring Nginx with Netdata

Netdata configuration to monitor Apache

Enable Extended Status on your apache configuration, create /etc/httpd/conf.d/status.conf and paste code below

ExtendedStatus on
<VirtualHost *:80>
 DocumentRoot /var/www/html/localhost
 ServerName localhost
 ErrorLog logs/localhost-error_log
 CustomLog logs/localhost-access_log combined
 # Apache 2.2
 <Location /server-status>
  SetHandler server-status
  Order Deny,Allow
  Deny from all
  Allow from localhost
 # Apache 2.4
 <Location /server-status>
  SetHandler server-status
  Require ip
  Require ip
  Require ip
  Require ip
  Require ip ::1

Restart apache / httpd to reload new configuration

# systemctl restart httpd

Create file /etc/netdata/python.d/apache.conf and paste the following code

# Please change apache port to your port, this server running on port 8080
  name : 'local'
  url  : 'http://localhost:8080/server-status?auto'

  name : 'local'
  url  : ''

  name : 'local'
  url  : 'http://[::1]:8080/server-status?auto'

How to use Nedata Authentication behind Apache / httpd using mod_proxy

Create authentication htpasswd file in /etc/httpd/conf/.htpasswd

htpasswd -c /etc/httpd/conf/.htpasswd netdatauser

Then add this configuration to your virtual host

<VirtualHost *:80>
 DocumentRoot /var/www/html/localhost
 RewriteEngine On
 ProxyRequests Off
 ProxyPreserveHost On

 # Local Netdata server accessed with '/netdata/', at localhost:19999
 ProxyPass "/netdata/" "http://localhost:19999/"  connectiontimeout=5 timeout=30 keepalive=on
 ProxyPassReverse "/netdata/" "http://localhost:19999/"

 # if the user did not give the trailing /, add it
 # for HTTP (if the virtualhost is HTTP, use this)
 RewriteRule ^/netdata$ http://%{HTTP_HOST}/netdata/ [L,R=301]
 # for HTTPS (if the virtualhost is HTTPS, use this)
 # RewriteRule ^/netdata$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}/netdata/ [L,R=301]
 <Location /netdata>                                                                                                                                                    
  AuthType Basic                                                                                                                                                
  AuthName "Authentication Required"
  AuthUserFile "/etc/httpd/conf/.htpasswd"
  Require valid-user

Restart Netdata with command

# systemctl restart netdata
How to Monitoring Apache with Netdata

Open browser and check on http://yourdomain/netdata

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  • Great article, unfortunately does not work on Cent OS 8 default install.

    [root@web2 conf.d]# systemctl restart httpd
    Job for httpd.service failed because the control process exited with error code.
    See "systemctl status httpd.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.
    [root@web2 conf.d]# systemctl status httpd.service
    ● httpd.service - The Apache HTTP Server
    Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
    Drop-In: /usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service.d
    Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Wed 2020-01-08 11:57:36 EET; 19s ago
    Docs: man:httpd.service(8)
    Process: 18133 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/httpd $OPTIONS -DFOREGROUND (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
    Main PID: 18133 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

    Jan 08 11:57:36 web2 systemd[1]: Starting The Apache HTTP Server...
    Jan 08 11:57:36 web2 httpd[18133]: httpd: Syntax error on line 356 of /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf: Syntax error on line 3 of /etc/httpd/conf.d/status.conf: /etc/httpd>
    Jan 08 11:57:36 web2 systemd[1]: httpd.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
    Jan 08 11:57:36 web2 systemd[1]: httpd.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
    Jan 08 11:57:36 web2 systemd[1]: Failed to start The Apache HTTP Server.

    [root@web2 conf.d]# nano status.conf
    [root@web2 conf.d]# nano /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

    • Please check /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf on line 356. Please post line 356, there is an error syntax on that line.

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