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Zabbix kaholo trigger plugin


A simple Bash script that uses the custom alert script functionality within Zabbix along with the Kaholo trigger system.


This works with Zabbix 1.8.x or greater - including 2.2, 2.4, 3.x. and 4.x!


The script itself

This script needs to be placed in the AlertScriptsPath directory that is specified within the Zabbix servers' configuration file (zabbix_server.conf) and must be executable by the user running the zabbix_server binary (usually "zabbix") on the Zabbix server:

[root@zabbix ~]# grep AlertScriptsPath /etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf
### Option: AlertScriptsPath

[root@zabbix ~]# ls -lh /usr/local/share/zabbix/alertscripts/
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1.4K Dec 27 13:48 /usr/local/share/zabbix/alertscripts/

If you do change AlertScriptsPath (or any other values) within zabbix_server.conf, a restart of the Zabbix server software is required.


Within the Zabbix web interface

When logged in to the Zabbix servers web interface with super-administrator privileges, navigate to the "Administration" tab, access the "Media Types" sub-tab, and click the "Create media type" button.

You need to create a media type as follows:

  • Name: Kaholo
  • Type: Script
  • Script name:

...and ensure that it is enabled before clicking "Save", like so:

Zabbix Media Type

However, on Zabbix 3.x and greater (including 4.x), media types are configured slightly differently and you must explicity define the parameters sent to the script. On Zabbix 3.x and 4.x, three script parameters should be added as follows:

  • {ALERT.MESSAGE} shown here:

Zabbix 3.x Media Type

Then, create a "Kaholo" user on the "Users" sub-tab of the "Administration" tab within the Zabbix servers web interface and specify this users "Media" as the "kaholo" media type that was just created with the channel ("#alerts" in the example) as seen below:

Zabbix User

Finally, an action can then be created on the "Actions" sub-tab of the "Configuration" tab within the Zabbix servers web interface to notify the Zabbix "Kaholo" user ensuring that the "Subject" is "PROBLEM" for "Default message" and "RECOVERY" should you choose to send a "Recovery message".

Keeping the messages short is probably a good idea; use something such as the following for the contents of each message:



Assuming that you have set a valid Kaholo URL within your "" file, you can execute the script manually (as opposed to via Zabbix) from Bash on a terminal:

$ bash '@ericoc' PROBLEM 'Oh no! Something is wrong!'

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