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Alignak Example Module

Alignak example module

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Short description

This module is an example skeleton to build Alignak modules ...


Features and known issues

Modules can be attached to an Alignak daemon thanks to the daemon configuration file. The module defines, in its own properties which daemon it may be attached to and the module documentation will informe the user about this.

Rather than Shinken, a module cannot have sub-modules. This feature is not currently well tested and robust enough :) If you really need this feature get in touch with us to discuss the matter.

Modules types

Alignak attributes a type to each module that is installed. The idea behind the module type is that it is possible to have several existing modules for the same feature. The current modules types:

  • retention, for a module that saves and reloads livestate data between each system restart
  • livestate, for a module that will register the current system state (hosts, services states, ...)
  • configuration, for a module that will provide the monitored objects to the Alignak arbiter
  • passive, for a module that will collect passive checks results (NSCA, ...)
  • logs, for a module that will collect monitoring logs
  • action, for a module that will execute some actions (acknownledge, downtime, ...)
  • poller, for a module that will execute checks in a poller

Old Nagios parameters require that some external modules are installed for the corresponding features to be available. The Arbiter will alert if some features are activated and the corresponding modules are not available in the loaded monitoring configuration.


All Alignak modules are stored in their own repository in the `Alignak monitoring contrib`_ Github organization.

Repository example

Repository directories and files example:



The content of the directory alignak_checks_EXAMPLE/etc (including files and sub directories) will be copied to /usr/local/var/etc/alignak.


To build a new module EXAMPLE2:

  • create a new alignak-module-EXAMPLE2 repository which is a copy of this repository

    • rename the alignak_module_EXAMPLE directory to alignak_module_EXAMPLE2
  • update the file

    • edit the __pkg_name__ and the module_type variables
  • update the file

    • rename the alignak_module_EXAMPLE directory to alignak_module_EXAMPLE2
  • update the README.rst file

    • remove this section Packaging
    • search and replace EXAMPLE with EXAMPLE2
    • complete the Documentation chapter
  • update the file with all the package information

    • __module_type__ will be used to complete the keywords in PyPI and as the sub-directory to store the pack's files
    • the file docstring will be used as the package description in PyPI
  • update the file (not recommended)

    • should not be modified for most of the modules ... if necessary, do it with much care!

The contains all the possible methods that are to be used in the different daemon types. Remove unuseful functions and adapt the remaining ones to your needs. And that's it!

Then, to build and make your module available to the community, you must use the standard Python setuptools:

  • run register -r pypi to register the new package near PyPI
  • run sdist -r pypi to build the package
  • run sudo pip install . -e to make the package installed locally (development mode)
  • run sudo pip uninstall -v . -e to remove the development mode
  • run sudo pip install . -v to make the package installed locally
  • run sudo pip uninstall -v alignak_module_EXAMPLE to uninstall the package

When your package is ready and functional:

Note: every time you upload a package to PyPI you will need to change the module version in the file.

Under this line, keep the content for the new built package. Remove the former Packaging section of this document.


The installation of this module will copy some configuration files in the Alignak default configuration directory (eg. /usr/local/etc/alignak). The copied files are located in the default sub-directory used for the modules (eg. arbiter/modules).

From PyPI

To install the module from PyPI:

sudo pip install alignak-module-example

From source files

To install the module from the source files (for developing purpose):

git clone
cd alignak-module-example
sudo pip install . -e

Note: using `sudo python install` will not correctly manage the package configuration files! The recommended way is really to use `pip`;)


Once installed, this module has its own configuration file in the /usr/local/etc/alignak/arbiter/modules directory. The default configuration file is mod-example.cfg. This file is commented to help configure all the parameters.

To configure an Alignak daemon to use this module:

  • edit your daemon configuration file
  • add your module alias value (example) to the modules parameter of the daemon

To set up several instances of the same module:

  • copy the default configuration to another file,
  • update the module alias parameter (example_bis)
  • edit your daemon configuration file
  • add the new module_alias parameter value (example_bis) to the modules parameter of the daemon

Bugs, issues and contributing

Contributions to this project are welcome and encouraged ... issues in the project repository are the common way to raise an information.