Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to install and configure Monit on Ubuntu 20.04. With this tool, you can quickly monitor the services you have on your server. You will also be able to add others that you manually configure.
According to the project website
Monit is a small Open Source utility for managing and monitoring Unix systems. Monit conducts automatic maintenance and repair and can execute meaningful causal actions in error situations.
One of the most important features of Monit is that it is quite easy to deploy on supported systems. These include Linux, BSD, and Solaris. So it is compatible with our distribution.
For example, Monit can act if an error situation should occur, e.g.; if sendmail is not running, Monit can start sendmail again automatically or if apache is using too much resources.
also, it can monitor the main system resources such as RAM, CPU, and disk space.
So, let’s get started
First, connect to your server via SSH and update it
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Monit is present in the official Ubuntu repositories so to install it, just run this command:
sudo apt install monit Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Suggested packages: default-mta | postfix | mail-transport-agent sysvinit-core The following NEW packages will be installed: monit 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 24 not upgraded. Need to get 320 kB of archives. After this operation, 964 kB of additional disk space will be used.
At the end of the installation, you can check the status of the service
sudo systemctl status monit ● monit.service - LSB: service and resource monitoring daemon Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/monit; generated) Active: active (running) since Tue 2021-08-03 20:27:56 CEST; 31s ago Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8) Tasks: 1 (limit: 2286) Memory: 1.3M CGroup: /system.slice/monit.service └─1505 /usr/bin/monit -c /etc/monit/monitrc Aug 03 20:27:56 osradar systemd: Starting LSB: service and resource monitoring daemon... Aug 03 20:27:56 osradar monit: * Starting daemon monitor monit Aug 03 20:27:56 osradar monit: ...done. Aug 03 20:27:56 osradar systemd: Started LSB: service and resource monitoring daemon.
So, Monit is running fine.
To make monitoring more convenient for you, enable the web interface of the program.
To do this, edit the Monit config file
First, make a backup of it:
sudo cp /etc/monit/monitrc /etc/monit/monitrc.bak
Now edit it using
sudo nano /etc/monit/monitrc
note the lines starting with
set httpd port 2812 and and
allow admin:monit which are commented out and uncomment them
set httpd port 2812 and allow admin:password
You can assign any password you want after
admin: save the changes and close the editor.
You can check the syntax of the file for any errors.
sudo monit -t
And to apply the changes, restart monit.
sudo systemctl restart monit
Now open your web browser and go to
http://your-server:2812 and after entering the password you will see the following.
And you can check the Monit runtime.
By default, Monit has several service configurations that you can monitor. They are located in the
ls /etc/monit/conf-available/` acpid apache2 at cron mdadm memcached mysql nginx openntpd openssh-server pdns-recursor postfix rsyslog smartmontools snmpd
To enable one, it is only necessary to make a symbolic link to the
/etc/monit/conf-enabled/ folder, in the case of Apache, this would be
sudo ln -s /etc/monit/conf-available/apache2 /etc/monit/conf-enabled/`
And apply the changes by restarting Monit
sudo systemctl restart monit
So, enjoy it
Monit helps us to monitor the most critical services of the system from a comfortable graphical interface and with a very simple installation.