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If you found this page via Google, I would recommend to use check_mk_raw_centos instead. Using the 1.4 stable branch.

Check_MK monitoring (from source) - CentOS7

Use this guide to install the latest version of Check_MK and Nagios.


  • EPEL repository
  • Disable SELinux. Normally i would let SELinux be enabled, but with a monitoring system it is one of the few exceptions I make. This service does too many things SELinux doesn't like.

Install packages

  • Install rrdtool:
    yum install rrdtool perl-rrdtool
  • Install development tools:
    yum groupinstall development tools
  • Install apache & php.
    yum install httpd php
  • Install other requirements.
    yum install gd gd-devel php-gd openssl-devel net-snmp net-snmp-utils policycoreutils-python dejavu-fonts-common dejavu-sans-mono-fonts dejavu-lgc-sans-mono-fonts

Install Nagios 4

  • Create user and group.
    useradd nagios
    groupadd nagcmd
    usermod -a -G nagcmd nagios
    usermod -G nagcmd apache
  • Download latest version.
  • Extract.
    tar zxvf nagios-4.0.8.tar.gz
  • Compile Nagios 4.
    cd nagios-4.0.8
    ./configure --with-command-group=nagcmd --prefix=/opt/nagios --exec-prefix=/opt/nagios
    make all
    make install
    make install-init
    make install-config
    make install-commandmode
    make install-webconf
    cp -R contrib/eventhandlers/ /opt/nagios/libexec/
    chown -R nagios:nagios /opt/nagios/libexec/eventhandlers
  • Test and start Nagios, it still uses legacy init:
    /opt/nagios/bin/nagios -v /opt/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg
    service nagios start
  • Edit /opt/nagios/etc/resource.cfg
  • Add a default user for Web Interface Access
    htpasswd -c /opt/nagios/etc/htpasswd.users nagiosadmin
  • Download latest Nagios plugins.
  • Install Nagios Plugins:
    tar zxvf nagios-plugins-2.0.3.tar.gz
    cd /tmp/nagios-plugins-2.0.3
    ./configure --with-nagios-user=nagios --with-nagios-group=nagios --prefix=/opt/nagios-plugins --exec-prefix=/opt/nagios-plugins
    make install

Configure services and firewall

  • Service setup.
    chkconfig --add nagios
    chkconfig --level 35 nagios on
    systemctl enable httpd
  • Open port 80 / 443:
    firewall-cmd --permanent --zone public --add-service=http
    firewall-cmd --permanent --zone public --add-service=https
    firewall-cmd --reload
  • Give the Nagios localhost http check something.
    touch /var/www/html/index.html
  • Start Apache, restart Nagios, it should be running on your webserver /nagios
    service nagios restart
    systemctl start httpd

Install PNP4Nagios

  • Download the latest PNP4nagios.
  • Extract.
    tar zxvf pnp4nagios.tgz
  • Compile.
    cd pnp4nagios-0.6.25
    ./configure --prefix=/opt/pnp4nagios --exec-prefix=/opt/pnp4nagios
    make all
    make fullinstall
  • Configure apache, edit /etc/httpd/conf.d/pnp4nagios.conf
    AuthUserFile /opt/nagios/etc/htpasswd.users
  • Restart apache.
    systemctl restart httpd
  • Configure Nagios to use PNP4nagios. Edit /opt/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg.
    # Bulk / NPCD mode
    # *** the template definition differs from the one in the original nagios.cfg
    # *** the template definition differs from the one in the original nagios.cfg
  • Edit /opt/nagios/etc/objects/commands.cfg Disable sample performance data commands, add:
    # Bulk mode
    define command {
           command_name    process-service-perfdata-file
           command_line    /opt/pnp4nagios/libexec/ --bulk /opt/pnp4nagios/var/service-perfdata
    define command {
           command_name    process-host-perfdata-file
           command_line    /opt/pnp4nagios/libexec/ --bulk /opt/pnp4nagios/var/host-perfdata
  • Remove install file.
    rm /opt/pnp4nagios/share/install.php
  • Restart nagios.
    service nagios restart
  • Open /pnp4nagios on your webserver, it might take a while before data has been processed and images are shown.

Install Check_MK

  • Install xinetd.
    yum install xinetd
    service xinetd start
    chkconfig xinetd on
  • Download latest Check_MK version.
  • Extract.
    tar zxvf check_mk-1.2.6p1.tar.gz
  • Compile.
    cd check_mk-1.2.6p1
    You have chosen the following directories:
     Executable programs             /opt/check_mk/bin
     Check_MK configuration          /opt/check_mk/etc
     Check_MK software               /opt/check_mk/share
     documentation                   /opt/check_mk/share/doc
     check manuals                   /opt/check_mk/share/doc/check_mk/checks
     working directory of Check_MK   /opt/check_mk/var/lib
     extensions for agents           /usr/lib/check_mk_agent
     configuration dir for agents    /etc/check_mk
     Name of Nagios user             nagios
     User of Apache process          apache
     Common group of Nagios+Apache   nagcmd
     Nagios binary                   /opt/nagios/bin/nagios
     Nagios main configuration file  /opt/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg
     Nagios object directory         /opt/nagios/etc/check_mk.d
     Nagios startskript              /etc/init.d/nagios
     Nagios command pipe             /opt/nagios/var/rw/nagios.cmd
     Check results directory         /opt/nagios/var/spool/checkresults
     Nagios status file              /opt/nagios/var/status.dat
     Path to check_icmp              /opt/nagios-plugins/libexec/check_icmp
     URL Prefix for Web addons       /
     Apache config dir               /etc/httpd/conf.modules.d
     HTTP authentication file        /opt/nagios/etc/htpasswd.users
     HTTP AuthName                   Nagios Access
     PNP4Nagios templates            /opt/pnp4nagios/share/templates
     RRD files                       /opt/pnp4nagios/var/perfdata
     rrdcached socket                /tmp/rrdcached.sock
     compile livestatus module       yes
     Nagios / Icinga version         4.0.8
     check_mk's binary modules       /opt/check_mk/lib
     Unix socket for Livestatus      /opt/nagios/var/rw/live
     Backends for other systems      /opt/check_mk/share/livestatus
     Install Event Console           yes
     working directory of mkeventd   /opt/mkeventd/lib
      Proceed with installation (y/n)? y
    (Compiling MK Livestatus....................................................)
    Installation completed successfully.
    Please restart Nagios and Apache in order to update/active check_mk's web pages.
    You can access the new Multisite GUI at http://localhost/check_mk/


The current version (1.2.6x) of Check_MK still needs the old mod_python.

  • Install development tools:
    yum install python-devel httpd-devel
  • Download latest modpython source code.
  • Extract:
    tar zxvf mod_python-3.5.0.tgz
  • Install:
    cd mod_python-3.5.0
    make install
    # Edit /usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/mod_python/
    # Change version line to: version = "3.5.0"
    vi /usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/mod_python/
  • Configure and Apache:
    # in /etc/httpd/conf.modules.d, create 00-python.conf with the following LoadModule line inside it
    LoadModule python_module modules/
    systemctl restart httpd

Check_MK Config

  • Enable and Start mkeventd:
    chkconfig --add mkeventd
    chkconfig --level 35 mkeventd on
    service mkeventd start
  • Install Check_MK client on host.
    yum install xinetd
    cd check_mk-1.2.6p1
    mkdir agents
    cd agents
    tar zxvf ../agents.tar.gz
    mkdir /opt/check_mk_agent
    cp check_mk_agent.linux /opt/check_mk_agent/bin/check_mk_agent
    cp xinetd.conf /etc/xinetd.d/check_mk_agent
    # Edit path and allowed hosts
    #        server         = /opt/check_mk_agent/bin/check_mk_agent
    #        only_from      =
    vi /etc/xinetd.d/check_mk_agent
    systemctl enable xinetd
    systemctl start xinetd
    # Test agent
    nc 6556
  • Configure monitoring host in Check_MK itself, add host, IP-address
  • Remove localhost from /opt/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg, then restart all of Check_MK:
    /opt/check_mk/bin/cmk -R.

Set rights to enable config 'discard changes'

  • Modify rights:
    chown -R apache.nagcmd /opt/check_mk/etc
    chown -R nagios.nagcmd /opt/check_mk/var/lib/
    chown -R apache.nagcmd /opt/check_mk/var/lib/wato
    chgrp -R nagcmd /opt/nagios/etc/
    chown -R apache.nagcmd /opt/check_mk/var/lib/wato
    chmod g+w /opt/check_mk/etc
    chmod g+w /opt/check_mk/var/lib/
    chmod g+w /opt/nagios/etc/

Modify template

  • Nagios warns about obsoleted feature, remove failure_prediction_enabled from template file /opt/nagios/etc/check_mk.d/check_mk_templates.cfg

Disable Nagios logging to syslog

  • Edit /opt/nagios/etc/nagios.cfg
  • Restart nagios.
    service nagios restart

Quick start agent setup

Note: the EPEL version is older and might have some incompatibilities, you can also install the RPM provided with the Check_MK tar.gz

  • Install check_mk agent via EPEL:
    yum -y install check-mk-agent
    vi /etc/xinetd.d/check-mk-agent # change only_from
    firewall-cmd --permanent --zone trusted --add-service=checkmkagent
    firewall-cmd --reload
    systemctl enable xinetd
    systemctl restart xinetd

Upgrade Check_MK

  • Download latest tar.gz
  • Extract
  • Run ./
  • Restart nagios and apache
  • Fix notifications (see above), after run cmk -O (captital o)
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