To follow this tutorial we assume the following:

  • You’re using a machine running Ubuntu or Debian. This tutorial is for Ubuntu 18.04, but it should work on Ubuntu 16.4, 14.04 and Debian systems.
  • You’re acting as a non-root sudo user. If you don’t have one set up, you can follow our tutorial on creating a sudo user on Ubuntu 18.04

Step 1 – Install PHP & Apache

We’ll first update our package index and install PHP and Apache.

Step 2 – Create a User and Group for Nagios

Next, create a new user for Nagios, and assign them a password:

Now we’ll create a group for Nagios, which we’ll call nagcmd and we’ll add the user we just created to this group.

We’ll also add the user to the Apache group.

Step 3 – Install Nagios Binaries

To install Nagios, we’ll first have to download the latest Nagios release. To do this, retrieve the tar.gz download link from the Github Releases page. The latest one at the time of writing is nagios-4.4.3.tar.gz.

We’ll first change our directory into /opt, download the release, and extract the archive.

After extracting the archive, navigate into the source directory and install Nagios along with some additional requirements using the make command:

Now we’ll need to copy event handlers scripts to the libexec directory. These provide multiple event triggers for the Nagios Web Interface.

Step 4 – Set Up Apache with an Authentication Gateway

We’ll now set up Apache Virtual Hosts for Nagios, and to secure our web interface, we’ll set up an authentication gateway to prevent unauthorized access.

To do this, we’ll create an Apache configuration file for Nagios:

And paste the following content into the file.

Save and close the file when you’re done.

Now we can set up the authentication gateway. We’ll use the user nagiosadmin. This is the default user that we can use to authenticate, and to use a different one would require further configuration.

Now enable the Apache configuration and restart it so the changes take effect:

Step 5 – Install Nagios Plugins

Once Nagios is installed and configured, we can download and install the latest nagios-plugins. To do this, retrieve the latest nagios-plugins release link from here. The latest version at the time of writing is nagios-plugins-2.2.1.tar.gz. After which, change the directory into /opt, download it, extract it, and navigate into it’s folder.

Now we compile and install nagios-plugins:

Step 6 – Verify & Start Nagios

After installing and configuring Nagios, we can verify if Nagios has been successfully installed, start it, and configure it to start on system boot.

Verify the installation:

Example Output

Start Nagios:

Configure to start on system boot:

Step 7 – Access the Nagios Web Interface

Now you can access the Nagios Web Interface by visiting your hostname or IP address in your browser followed by /nagios:

And login using nagiosadmin and the assigned password.


And you should be greeted by the Nagios dashboard.



Well done. You now should have installed and configured Nagios for server monitoring.

If you have any questions or find any issues with this guide, then please feel free to contact us via the comments or our social media channels and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


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