How to Install Munin Monitoring Tool On CentOS/RHEL 7/6/5

Munin Monitoring Tool uses RRDTool and a frame work was written in Perl. Munin is an open source web based networking resource monitoring tool that can be used to monitor all computers on your network. It displays the gathered information from your system as graphs through a web based interface.

Munin Monitoring Tool

In this article, we will help you to setup Munin network monitoring tool.

Step 1: Install EPEL Repository

Munin monitoring tool is available in EPEL repository. Use below command to as per your system.

For CentOS/RHEL 7:

# rpm -Uvh

For CentOS/RHEL 6:

# rpm -Uvh
# rpm -Uvh

For CentOS/RHEL 5:

# rpm -Uvh
# rpm -Uvh

Step 2: Install Apache Web Server

Munin requires web server like Apache or Nginx to see its statistics files.

# yum install httpd

After installing Apache, start apache and enable service to start it at boot time.

For CentOS/RHEL 7
# service httpd start
# chkconfig httpd on
CentOS/RHEL 6/5
# systemctl enable httpd.service
# systemctl start httpd.service

Step 3: Install Munin and Munin-Node

Munin is a web based Monitoring tool and installation of Munin is very simple. Run following command to install it.

# yum -y install munin munin-node

Munin installation creates following directories.

  • /etc/munin/munin.conf: Munin master configuration file.
  • /etc/cron.d/munin: Munin cron file.
  • /etc/httpd/conf.d/munin.conf: Munin Apache configuration file.
  • /var/log/munin: Munin log directory.
  • /var/www/html/munin: Munin web directory.
  • /etc/munin/munin-node.conf: Munin Node master configuration file.
  • /etc/munin/plugins.conf: Munin plugins configuration file.
  • Step 4: Configure Munin

    After installing munin now we need to configure munin using munin configuration file.

    # vim /etc/munin/munin.conf

    Uncomment below lines from munin configuration file.

    dbdir   /var/lib/munin
    htmldir /var/www/html/munin
    logdir /var/log/munin
    rundir  /var/run/munin

    Also set system name in configuration file.

    use_node_name yes

    Step 5: Protect Munin with Password

    Now you need to protect your munin tool using password. Use below command to set the password.

    # htpasswd -c /etc/munin/munin-htpasswd munin

    Now start the munin service.

    For CentOS/RHEL 7
    # service munin-node start
    # chkconfig munin-node on
    CentOS/RHEL 6/5
    # systemctl enable munin-node.service
    # systemctl start munin-node.service

    Step 6:Create Virtual Host

    Creating the virtual host is optional. If you want to create the virtual host then only follow this step else skip the step and move to Step 7.

    <VirtualHost *:80>
      DocumentRoot /var/www/html/munin
      ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/
      CustomLog /var/log/httpd/ common
    <Directory "/var/www/html/munin">
        AllowOverride All
        Order Allow,Deny
        #Deny from all
        Allow from all

    Step 7:Access Munin

    Now you can access the munin web interface from your browser.


    Munin Login

    Server statistics as a graph.

    Munin Graph

    We hope that you have successfully installed Munin Network Monitoring tool.

    Enjoy it!

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