Install Zabbix on Ubuntu 18.04: Easiest & Fastest Way!

In this Guide, you will learn how to install Zabbix on Ubuntu 18.04 in a few simple steps. The installation process got significantly easier than in the previous version of Ubuntu Server 16.04. I will lead you through each step.

Zabbix is a very popular monitoring solution that can be used to monitor your on-premise and cloud devices. It integrated very well with Grafana, which will be dealt with in another tutorial on its own. For this tutorial, I install Zabbix 3.4 on an Ubuntu Server 18.04 in Amazon EC2.

Let’s get right started.

Step 1 – Adding the Zabbix repository to our Server

To be able to install Zabbix on ubuntu 18.04, we first need to add the Zabbix repository to our server. Make sure to check for newer versions before pasting the link below. You can check the available versions here. Log in to your server and run:

wget https://repo.zabbix.com/zabbix/3.4/ubuntu/pool/main/z/zabbix-release/zabbix-release_3.4-1+bionic_all.deb

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After this we install the Zabbix repository configuration package by running:

sudo dpkg -i zabbix-release_3.4-1+bionic_all.deb

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Step 2 – Install Zabbix on Ubuntu 18.04 including MySQL

Now we need to update our system and install the Zabbix Server, Zabbix Agent and Zabbix Frontend packages. The Zabbix Server packages include MySQL.

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

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Changing the Timezone

Now we need to change the Timezone in our apache.conf. Adjust this setting to your own Timezone. You can look up php Timezones here. Make sure you enter the Timezone exactly like on the website, the input is case sensitive.

sudo nano /etc/zabbix/apache.conf

And find the lines:

php_value date.timezone YourCountry/YourCity

Make sure to remove the # before the line to make it active.

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Save the file by pressing CTRL + O and press CTRL + X to quit.

Step 3 – Creating the Database

Now we can create our MySQL Database. For this example I use the values below:

Zabbix DBName=zabbix

Zabbix DBUser=zabbixuser

Zabbix DBPassword=Whatever You Choose

Of course, you are free to adjust this to your liking.

Run:

sudo mysql -u root -p

Just hit Enter when prompted for a password. Then run:

MariaDB> create database zabbix character set utf8 collate utf8_bin;
MariaDB> grant all privileges on zabbix.* to zabbixuser@localhost identified by 'YourPassword';
MariaDB> quit;

Once you are done with this, we have to import the DB.

cd /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql
zcat create.sql.gz | mysql -u zabbixuser -p zabbix

When prompted for a password, enter your MySQL password that you have set in the step above.

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Step 4 – Updating the Zabbix configuration

Now we need to update the Zabbix configuration with our Database details.

sudo nano /etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf

You have to find and set the following values:

DBHost=localhost
DBName=zabbix
DBUser=zabbixuser
DBPassword=YourPassword

You can use the search function to find them. Make sure DBPassword and all other values have the # removed in front of them.

Now we need to restart all of the services by running:

sudo systemctl restart zabbix-server.service zabbix-agent.service apache2

And adding them to autostart by running:

sudo systemctl enable zabbix-server.service zabbix-agent.service apache2

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Step 5 – Install Zabbix on Ubuntu 18.04 final steps

Now we are almost done. Open a Web Browser and enter http://yourserverip/zabbix

You will be greeted by the Zabbix Version and Welcome Screen.

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Install Zabbix on Ubuntu 18.04

 

When clicking next, a final checkup will run that evaluates if you meet all the requirements to install Zabbix on Ubuntu 18.04.

Install Zabbix on Ubuntu 18.04

 

Now we need to enter the Database details that we have created earlier. Click Next step when finished.

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Now you can specify a name for your server. Choose whatever you like.

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After double checking, if everything is correct on the Pre-installation summary page, click Next step again and click on Finish on the next screen.

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When you have done this, you are greeted with the Login screen. You can log in with Admin / zabbix. The username is case sensitive.

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Changing the Default Password

The first thing we need to do after logging in is changing our Default Password. So head to Administration, Users and click on your Admin User. Click on Change Password and choose a new one.

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Conclusion

As you can see, it is really easy to install Zabbix on Ubuntu 18.04. It is certainly much easier than on Ubuntu 16.04, at least for me. You now have a freshly installed Zabbix in place and you can start rolling out Zabbix-Agents on your clients. There will be a separate tutorial on how to do this in the future.

 

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