How to Install Observium in Ubuntu

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Today we will be installing Observium.
Observium is a Network Management and Monitoring System that collects data from multiple devices using SNMP and allows you to monitor all of the networks devices via an easy to use interface. It is PHP-based and uses a MySQL database to store data.


This guide works with Ubuntu 13.10 to 15.04 and Debian 7.


Connect to your server via SSH

ssh [email protected]

Install Dependencies

sudo apt-get -y install libapache2-mod-php5 php5-cli php5-mysql php5-gd php5-mcrypt php5-json php-pear snmp fping mysql-server mysql-client python-mysqldb rrdtool subversion whois mtr-tiny ipmitool graphviz imagemagick

Enter the Mysql password for the root user. Note: For security make this one different than your server’s password, and try not to use this user in any application that requires a database to store and pull data from.

Download and Extract Observium

sudo mkdir -p /opt/observium
cd /opt
sudo wget
sudo tar zxvf observium-community-latest.tar.gz


create the MYSQL database and user

Enter your MySQL password that you gave the root user from before

mysql -u root -p

Once in MySQL enter the following commands to create the database, the user and to allow the user access to the database.


Make sure to change the Observium database password with your own, you will need this in the next step.

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON observium.* TO 'observium'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'observium db password';

Changing the config file

cd observium
sudo cp config.php.default config.php

Change the setting on the config.php to reflect your systems settings

sudo nano config.php

Set the username and password on the observium config file and an email address for alerts to get sent to.