How to Install and Configure LibreNMS on Ubuntu 20.04

how to install and configure librenms on ubuntu 20.04

LibreNMS is a free and open-source network monitoring system built in PHP and MySQL which uses the SNMP protocol. It is a community-based fork of the Observium network monitoring tool. This tool is also a user-friendly monitoring system, it is easy to understand and use. It uses MySQL as its database backend and uses SNMP to discover remote clients.

It supports a wide range of network hardware and operating systems including, FreeBSD, Cisco, Linux, HP, etc. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure LibreNMS on Ubuntu 20.04.


  • An Ubuntu 20.04 VPS
  • SSH access with root privileges or a regular system user with sudo privileges

Step 1. Log in to the server

First, log in to your Ubuntu 20.04 server through SSH as the root user:

ssh root@IP_Address -p Port_number

You will need to replace ‘IP_Address‘ and ‘Port_number‘ with your server’s respective IP address and SSH port number. Additionally, replace ‘root’ with the username of the system user with sudo privileges.

To check whether you have the proper Ubuntu version installed on your server, run the following command:

$ lsb_release -a

You should get an output like this:

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS
Release: 20.04
Codename: focal

Before starting, you have to make sure that all Ubuntu OS packages installed on the server are up to date. You can do this by running the following commands:

$ sudo apt update -y
$ sudo apt upgrade -y

Step 2. Create a System User

Once logged in to Ubuntu 20.04 as root, we will create a new system user to complete this installation.

$ sudo useradd librenms -d /opt/librenms -M -r
$ sudo usermod -aG librenms www-data

Step 3. Install LEMP

We need to install a web server, database server, and PHP to proceed with installing LibreNMS. In this post, we will use Nginx instead of Apache. So, let’s run the command below to install LEMP.

$ sudo apt install software-properties-common
$ sudo add-apt-repository universe
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install nginx-full mariadb-server mariadb-client php7.4-{cli,curl,fpm,gd,gmp,json,mbstring,mysql,snmp,xml,zip} acl curl composer fping git graphviz imagemagick mtr-tiny nmap rrdtool snmp snmpd whois unzip python3-pymysql python3-dotenv python3-redis python3-setuptools python3-systemd python3-pip

On Ubuntu 20.04, Nginx and MariaDB are configured to start running upon installation, you can check them by running this command:

$ sudo systemctl status mysql nginx --lines=0

Step 4. Configure Nginx

Nginx has a default server block, and we are going to delete it and create a new server block.

$ sudo rm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default -f

We will create an nginx server block for LibreNMS in librenms.conf, let’s run this command:

$ sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/librenms.conf

Paste the following content into the file, make sure you edit the server_name as required.

server {
 listen      80;
 root        /opt/librenms/html;
 index       index.php;

 charset utf-8;
 gzip on;
 gzip_types text/css application/javascript text/javascript application/x-javascript image/svg+xml text/plain text/xsd text/xsl text/xml image/x-icon;
 location / {
  try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;
 location ~ [^/]\.php(/|$) {
  fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/librenms.sock;
  fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
  include fastcgi.conf;
 location ~ /\.(?!well-known).* {
  deny all;

Save the file and exit.

Step 5. Configure MariaDB and Create a Database

Before creating a new database for LibreNMS, let’s modify our default MariaDB configuration file.

$ sudo nano /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/50-server.cnf

Add these lines to [mysqld] section


Save the file then exit and restart MariaDB

$ sudo systemctl restart mysql

Once restarted, we can create a new database for LibreNMS installation. We need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for LibreNMS.

$ sudo mysql

In MySQL shell, run these commands as shown below.

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE librenms CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.000 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER 'librenms'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'm0d1fyth15';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.000 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON librenms.* TO 'librenms'@'localhost';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.001 sec)

Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.000 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Make sure you create a strong database password, replace m0d1fyth15 in the command above with a stronger one.

Step 6. Configure PHP-FPM

PHP-FPM has the default pool configuration file in www.conf. We are going to copy this file and make changes in librenms.conf.

$ sudo cp /etc/php/7.4/fpm/pool.d/{www.conf,librenms.conf}

The command above should create a copy of /etc/php/7.4/fpm/pool.d/www.conf at /etc/php/7.4/fpm/pool.d/librenms.conf. Next, we need to change the PHP-FPM pool name in librenms.conf, open librenms.conf make the following changes.

$ sudo nano /etc/php/7.4/fpm/pool.d/librenms.conf

In that file, change PHP-FPM pool name [www] to [librenms]. Then, change the user and group from www-data to librenms (we created a user called ‘librenms’ in the beginning of this tutorial)

user = www-data
group = www-data


user = librenms
group = librenms

Last, change the FPM listening socket from listen = /run/php/php7.4-fpm.sock to listen = /run/php/libnrenms.sock

Save the file then exit from nano editor and restart php-fpm

$ sudo systemctl restart php7.4-fpm

Step 7. Download LibreNMS

In this step, we will clone the LibreNMS git repository to /opt directory using git command:

$ cd /opt
$ sudo git clone

The repository is now downloaded, and we need to give it the correct permissions.

$ sudo chown -R librenms. /opt/librenms
$ sudo chmod 771 /opt/librenms
$ sudo setfacl -d -m g::rwx /opt/librenms/bootstrap/cache/ /opt/librenms/logs /opt/librenms/rrd /opt/librenms/storage/
$ sudo setfacl -R -m g::rwx /opt/librenms/bootstrap/cache/ /opt/librenms/logs /opt/librenms/rrd /opt/librenms/storage/

Then, run this command to download the dependencies.

$ su - librenms
$ ./scripts/composer_wrapper.php install --no-dev

Step 8. Pre-installation

We need to complete the following prior to starting the LibreNMS installation through a web browser.

a. Enable LNMS command completion
To enable LNMS command completion, we need to copy the executables, run the commands:

$ sudo ln -s /opt/librenms/lnms /usr/bin/lnms
$ sudo cp /opt/librenms/misc/lnms-completion.bash /etc/bash_completion.d/

b. Configure SNMPD
To configure snmpd, copy the example configuration file

$ sudo cp /opt/librenms/snmpd.conf.example /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf

Open the snmpd.conf file, then modify the RANDOMSTRINGGOESHERE line and set your own string, then complete the following:

$ sudo curl -o /usr/bin/distro
$ sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/distro
$ sudo systemctl enable snmpd
$ sudo systemctl restart snmpd

c. Cronjob
We need to copy the cronjob file, you can modify it if needed.

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$ sudo cp /opt/librenms/librenms.nonroot.cron /etc/cron.d/librenms

d. Logrotate
In this installation method, LibreNMS log files will be stored in /opt/librenms/logs. These logs can grow bigger over time, and to lower the size we can use logrotate.

$ sudo cp /opt/librenms/misc/librenms.logrotate /etc/logrotate.d/librenms

Step 9. Install LibreNMS

Finally, navigate to your to initiate the LibreNMS web installation.

You will see 4 (four) circles, and you need to click on the second circle to continue to the next step.
In this step, make sure you fill in the database details you created earlier, then click on the Build Database blue button.

After the database is built, you will be brought to the next step and create an administrative user.

Click on the third circle and create an admin user.

After creating an admin user, you will see this page. Click on the validate your install link and log in to the back end.
On this page, log in with the newly created admin user to access the dashboard.

That’s it, you have learned how to install and configure LibreNMS on Ubuntu 20.04.

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