Install Munin on CentOS 7

Munin is a web-based resource monitoring tool that can help analyze resources and utilization of servers and services. It offers monitoring and alerting services for servers, switches, applications, services. Munin has a master / slave architecture in which master connects to all slaves at regular intervals and requests their data, which is then stored in RRD files.

It alerts users when things go wrong and alerts them the second time the problem has been resolved.

Today we will install Munin on CentOS 7.

Login to the server using SSH:

ssh [email protected]_ip

Before starting, enter the following command to check if you have the correct version of CentOS installed on your machine:

cat /etc/redhat-release

Should give you the result below:

CentOS Linux release 7.2.1511 (Core)

Update the system

Make sure your server is fully updated to the latest version:

yum update

After completing the update, install the EPEL repository:

yum install epel-release

Now you can install Munin and Apache with the following command:

yum install munin munin-node httpd -y

Once the installation is complete, start Munin and enable it to start at boot.

systemctl start munin-node
systemctl enable munin-node

When a restart is needed, you can use systemctl restart munin-node to restart Munin.

Check the file /etc/munin/munin.conf, have permission, use the line below:

use_node_name yes

You can either open the file with a text editor or use the command grep… For example, to test a set of addresses, you can use:

grep address /etc/munin/munin.conf

Using the utility htpasswd we will create a username and password for basic authentication, thus a password protecting Munin. Enter the following command:

htpasswd /etc/munin/munin-htpasswd admin

When prompted, as shown below, enter the password for the admin user:

New password:
Re-type new password:
Adding password for user admin

Add your proxy name to the file Munin-node.conf… Open it with a text editor of your choice. We are using nano:

nano /etc/munin/munin-node.conf

You can add the line hostname at the end of the file. For instance:


Save and close the file.

Open Munin Apache configuration and add the following lines to the directory / var / www / html / munin:

nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/munin.conf
Order Deny,Allow
   Deny from all
   Allow from your_public_IP

Once added, the section should look like this:

<directory /var/www/html/munin>
AuthUserFile /etc/munin/munin-htpasswd
AuthName "Munin"
AuthType Basic
require valid-user
Order Deny,Allow
   Deny from all
   Allow from your_public_IP

Restart Apache for the changes to take effect:

systemctl restart httpd

Congratulations. You have successfully installed Munin on your CentOS 7. Now open your web browser and navigate to the following HTTP address: // your_server_IP / Munin and enter the logging credentials you just set up with the utility Htpasswd

Below are some of the screenshots we took from Munin monitoring our Linux OS downtime.

Memory in Munin

Munin Processes

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