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Zabbix is an enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution that can be used to monitor and track performance and availability of network servers, devices and other IT resources. It supports distributed and WEB monitoring, auto-discovery, and more.

I tested this how-to On Ubuntu 15.10, although it should work on other Ubuntu distributions and it’s derivatives. For the testing purpose, I will use the following two machines.

Zabbix Server System:

  • Operating system : Ubuntu 15.10 64bit edition
  • Server IP Address :
  • Hostname : server.unixmen.local

Zabbix Client System:

  • Operating system : Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • IP Address :
  • Hostname : sk

First let us start from server side.


Before installing Zabbix, we should have install and configure LAMP stack on server.

Install Zabbix On Ubuntu 15.10 server

After installing LAMP stack, let us add the Zabbix repository to our Ubuntu

Zabbix is available in Ubuntu default repositories, however it might be bit outdated. So let us install most recent version from the official Zabbix repositories. At the time of writing this tutorial, the latest version was Zabbix 2.4.

  • Latest Zabbix repository for Ubuntu

Or you can download and add the repository as shown below.

sudo wget http://repo.zabbix.com/zabbix/2.4/ubuntu/pool/main/z/zabbix-release/zabbix-release_2.4-1+trusty_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i zabbix-release_2.4-1+trusty_all.deb

Now update package lists and  Zabbix server using commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zabbix-server-mysql zabbix-frontend-php

During installation, you’ll be asked to answer couple of questions regarding database configuration.

Select Yes and press enter to configure database for Zabbix.

Provide a password for Zabbix to register with the MySQL database server.

Re-enter the password.

Enter the MySQL administrative account ‘root’ user password.

During installation, a new database called ‘zabbix’ will be created along with user ‘zabbix’.

After successfully installing Zabbix let us adjust some PHP settings for zabbix front-end.

To do that, edit file /etc/apache2/conf.d/zabbix,

sudo nano /etc/apache2/conf-available/zabbix.conf

Find the following lines and edit them as follows. If the lines doesn’t exists, add them.

php_value max_execution_time 300
php_value memory_limit 128M
php_value post_max_size 16M
php_value upload_max_filesize 2M
php_value max_input_time 300
php_value date.timezone Asia/Kolkata

It is mandatory, to adjust the correct time zone for you. Save and close the file.

Edit php.ini file,

sudo nano /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

Find the following line and modify it from:

;always_populate_raw_post_data = -1

to (just take the quotes off):

always_populate_raw_post_data = -1

Save and close the file.

Restart apache2 service to apply the changes.

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Access Zabbix Web Console

Open web browser and access the zabbix web console with URL: http://ip-address/zabbix or http://domain-name/zabbix.

Click Next to continue:

It will check all prerequisites. If everything OK, click  Next to continue.

Next enter the mysql administrative password and click Test connection. The database called ‘zabbix’ will be created automatically during the installation. If it says Ok, click Next to continue.

Click next:

Check configuration parameters once again and click Next to continue if all correct. If you want to change anything, just hit Previous button and do the changes.

Click Finish to complete the installation.

Now you’ll be asked to enter the username and password. The default username/password is admin/zabbix.

Congratulations! You’ve completed the zabbix server and front-end installation successfully.