In this tutorial, we’ll sse how to install Shinken on a Linux server. Either way, installation of Shinken is easy and can be done in several ways. The Documentation is very well made and enjoyable to read. But, here we show installation from source and the way to configure Shinken and his web interface.

The various installation of Shinken

If you have seen documentation, there’s 3 different ways to install Shinken:

  • via Pip (module installer of Python) who’s often up to date.
  • via package who’s not often up to date.
  • via sources of Shinken repository we’ll use in this tutorial.

You are free to install Shinken as you like. But the most important is to use only one way for installation and updates of Shinken ! In any case, you have to mix several types of install under pain of seeing your server crash, have bugs or not work at all! I invite you also to write a small file in your installation directory to note how you installed Shinken and its various modules / libraries.


Shinken is written in Python, he’ll need a Python version to work (Version 2.6 or more and if possible 2.7 for better performances. He’ll needs too python-pycurl and setuptools.

Here is several steps for this dependencies, knowing this tutorial was made on Ubuntu Server 14.04.4 LTS. Adapt it depending on your configuration.

Install Python

To install Python, nothing’s easier:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python

In general, on Ubuntu Server, Python 2.7 is already install by default (and several modules too). That’s possible, it’ll be not available for your distribution via package. Ask then to the site of your distribution or search on to install via other way.

Install PyCurl

To install PyCurl, just install from package :

sudo apt-get install python-pycurl

Install setuptools

The same thing here :

sudo apt-get install python-setuptools

Now, you have all required dependencies installed for Shinken.

Get sources of Shinken

To retrieve the sources of Shinken and especiallu the last release, visit Shinken Repository and download it :

sudo apt-get install -y git
cd ~
git clone
cd shinken
# You can see different release by typing "git tag -l"
git checkout 2.4.2

Now, your Shinken folder is ready, you can launch setup.

You can of course download with wget or via a graphical interface, but I prefer this method because it will update your version of easier Shinken. With Git you just have to “pull” the new versions and get you back on a tag later.

Install Shinken

Before launch install, you must create a user shinken :

adduser shinken

Once done, you can type following command :

cd ~/shinken
sudo python install

Normally the installation should proceed without problems. You will have some warning early to signal that it is not Windows. But especially at the end of the installation you will have the following lines:

Finished processing dependencies for Shinken==2.4.2
Changing owner of /etc/shinken to shinken:shinken
Changing owner of /var/run/shinken to shinken:shinken
Changing owner of /var/log/shinken to shinken:shinken
Changing owner of /var/lib/shinken/ to shinken:shinken
Changing owner of /var/lib/shinken/libexec to shinken:shinken
Changing owner of /usr/bin/shinken-receiver to shinken:shinken
Changing owner of /usr/bin/shinken-discovery to shinken:shinken
Changing owner of /usr/bin/shinken-arbiter to shinken:shinken
Changing owner of /usr/bin/shinken-poller to shinken:shinken
Changing owner of /usr/bin/shinken-broker to shinken:shinken
Changing owner of /usr/bin/shinken-scheduler to shinken:shinken
Changing owner of /usr/bin/shinken to shinken:shinken
Changing owner of /usr/bin/shinken-reactionner to shinken:shinken
Notice: for better performances for the daemons communication, you should install the python-cherrypy3 lib
Shinken setup done

As you can see, Shinken give rights to shinken user you’ve set before, to folder he needs. You have nothing to do for that.

He also points out that the daemons of Shinken will perform better if you install the python-cherrypy3 library. This dependency is optional, but you can install it:

sudo apt-get install -y python-cherrypy3

Here , Shinken is ready for operation. You can enable and start it:

sudo update-rc.d shinken defaults
sudo service shinken start

You should have the following output:

Starting scheduler:
Starting poller:
Starting reactionner:
Starting broker:
Starting receiver:
Starting arbiter:

Congratulations, your Shinken is now operational and all his daemons are launched. You will be able to monitor the servers in your infrastructure. But to make it more convenient it would be better to install a Web interface.

Install the Web interface

For seeing a more pleasant way if your guests are well monitored, a web interface is available for Shinken . There are 2 versions of this interface :

  • Webui no more any maintained by developers, this interface is to disappear. But it is still functional.
  • Webui2 more updated, ergonomic and growing. It is not yet complete but already has everything it takes to be functional.

Log in as shinken:

sudo su - shinken

And initialize the CLI Shinken to generate the file .ini containing the paths to the different configuration directories:

shinken --init

Important: all commands shinken have to be launch as user shinken !

You should have now:

Creating ini section paths
Creating ini section
Saving the new configuration file /home/shinken/.shinken.ini

Please note, although both webui can coexist I advise you to choose only one of it. If you install both interfaces, set a different port for one of them (other than 7767!).

Case 1 : Webui

For Webui interface, you’ll install other modules. Type following commands to install them:

  • shinken install webui -> webui interface.
  • shinken install auth-cfg-password : authentication module. (Others authentication module exists)
  • shinken install sqlitedb : storage module for user’s data.

When typing each command, you’ll have follwoing lines :

Grabbing : module_name
OK module_name

Once modules installed, you’ll have to tell to Shinken you want use them. Open file /etc/shinken/brokers/broker-master.cfg and found line uncomment where there’s modules to add webui:

modules    webui

Then, edit the same way /etc/shinken/modules/webui.cfg to add auth-cfg-password and SQLitedb:

modules     auth-cfg-pasword,SQLitedb

Congratulations ! Your Webui interface is configured. If all Shinken daemons have been restarted, you should see the following page by going to the address http://server_ip:7767:

Shinken - Écran de connexion Webui

Case 2 : Webui2

For the second interface, Webui2, isntallation is different cause she manage herself a lot of things. You’ve to install additional Python libraries.

But before, install Webui2:

shinken install webui2

After, as root user, install pip and the database management system mongodb:

sudo apt-get install python-pip mongodb

Next libraries can be installed by package, but you certainly do not have the required versions for webui2! You must install by pip:

sudo pip install pymongo>=3.0.3 requests arrow bottle==0.12.8

Once all dependencies installed, you have to tell to Shinken to use webui2 in broker (vi /etc/shinken/brokers/broker-master.cfg):

modules     webui2

Restart shinken :

sudo service shinken restart

That’s done ! Your interface Webui2 is configured. If you go to http://ip_serveur:7767, you’ll see the following page:

Shinken - Écran de connexion Webui2

Configure user admin

Now you can change password for user admin in file /etc/shinken/contacts/admin.cfg:

define contact{
    use             generic-contact
    contact_name    admin
    pager           0600000000   ; contact phone number
    password        your_password
    is_admin        1
    expert          1

Save and quit.

You cancheck your configuration by typing following command:

sudo service shinken check

Restart Shinken to take new configuration. And connect to you web interface with your new credentials.

Commands and Nagios Plugins

As you can see, on your web interface or in the scheduler logs, the only host is localhost. Maybe you can see also the error:

[Errno 2] No such file or directory

And host can be DOWN for Shinken. Don’t worry, your server’s working great. It’s possible that Shinken can’t found command or have wrong path by default.

Commands and paths

In fact, Shinken needs commands, running (in general) with snmp protocol to monitor your server.

Before install something, open following file (as user shinken):

vi /etc/shinken/commands/check_host_alive.cfg

You should have something similar to:

define command {
    command_name    check_host_alive
    command_line    $NAGIOSPLUGINSDIR$/check_ping -H $HOSTADDRESS$ -w 1000,100% -c 3000,100% -p 1

This indicates that the check_host_alive order is defined as follows:

  • his name: check_host_alive (will be display in logs or webui)
  • his command: define here by a variable $NAGIOSPLUGINSDIR$ and a command check_ping with parameters.

You have all information to know what’s command do. But it still missing definition of variable $NAGIOSPLUGINSDIR$ !

In fact, she’s define in anoteher file /etc/shinken/resource.d/paths.cfg (open it):

# Nagios legacy macros

#-- Location of the plugins for Shinken

As you can see, by default, Shinken expects to have orders in the /usr/lib/nagios/plugins! But since for now this folder does not exist and there are no control / file check_ping, you report this by setting an error ([Errno 2] No such file or directory).

You have to install Nagios plugins.

Recent version of Shinken may have been solve this problem and put a default command somewhere.

Install Nagios Plugins

To install Nagios plugins, it’s simple, you’ve just to download it on official website : Nagios-plugins.

cd ~
tar -xzvf nagios-plugins-2.1.1.tar.gz
# Now install it
cd nagios-plugins-2.1.1/
./configure --with-nagios-user=shinken --with-nagios-group=shinken
sudo make install

Your plugins are installed. They may not be installed in the directory /usr/lib/nagios/plugins. In this case , search for where they are (whereis nagios for example) and edit the file /etc/shinken/resource.d/paths.cfg accordingly.

For example :

# Nagios legacy macros

#-- Location of the plugins for Shinken

You have just to restart Shinken to apply change :

sudo service shinken restart

Check on the web interface once every daemons restarted. And then normally your localhost is up (there may be a small delay while Shinken launch well all his daemons)!

Congratulations ! You finally got to monitor a server with Shinken !


Shinken is fairly easy to implement and just requires a little organization during installation of its modules. You can also find a list of these modules on the official website with their different configurations.

Shinken is also capable of displaying graphics on its Web interface or GLPI through plugin glpi_monitoring. You can find tutorials here to make this work on GLPI.