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A dirty hack to run vnStat on RasPlex.


mkdir /storage/local
cd /storage/local
wget https://github.com/itspriddle/rasplex-vnstat/releases/download/v1.18/rasplex-vnstat.tar.gz
tar -vzxf rasplex-vnstat.tar.gz
rm rasplex-vnstat.tar.gz

Setup PATH so you can access vnstat and vnstatd without full paths:

echo 'export PATH="/storage/local/bin:/storage/local/sbin:$PATH"' >> /storage/.profile

Setup vnStat configuration file so vnstat and vnstatd work without having to pass a --config option on every invocation:

ln -s /storage/local/etc/vnstat.conf /storage/.vnstatrc

Setup a cron to start vnstatd. This will preserve any existing crontab:

( crontab -l 2> /dev/null | grep -v vnstatd; echo '*/5 * * * * /usr/bin/pgrep vnstatd >/dev/null || /storage/local/sbin/vnstatd -d > /dev/null' ) | crontab -


The default vnstat.conf is configured to use eth0 as the default interface when vnstat is called without the --iface option. If you are using WiFi instead, you can run this command to change the configuration:

sed -i 's|^Interface "eth0"$|Interface "wlan0"|' /storage/local/etc/vnstat.conf


After first installing, you'll need to wait a few minutes for vnstatd to start and collect usage. You can manually start it with:

vnstatd -d

To see a traffic report, run vnstat. See vnstat --help for vnStat usage.


This section outlines how to compile vnStat for use on RasPlex. RasPlex doesn't include the necessary tools to compile vnStat, so this must be done on a separate Raspberry Pi running Raspbian. I used a Raspberry Pi 2 to compile and RasPlex is on a Raspberry Pi 3.

Run these commands from the Raspbian based Pi to download and compile vnStat, and package it for upload to this repo:

sudo -i
mkdir -p /storage/local/{src,bin,sbin,etc,run,var/{lib,log}/vnstat}
cd /storage/local/src
wget https://github.com/vergoh/vnstat/releases/download/v1.18/vnstat-1.18.tar.gz
tar -vzxf vnstat-1.18.tar.gz
cd vnstat-1.18
./configure --prefix=/storage/local --sysconfdir=/storage/local/etc
cp vnstat /storage/local/bin
cp vnstatd /storage/local/sbin
sed 's|^DatabaseDir.*$|DatabaseDir "/storage/local/var/lib/vnstat"|;s|^LogFile.*$|LogFile "/storage/local/var/log/vnstat/vnstat.log"|;s|^PidFile.*$|PidFile "/storage/local/run/vnstat/vnstat.pid"|' cfg/vnstat.conf > /storage/local/etc/vnstat.conf
cd /storage/local
tar -vzcf rasplex-vnstat.tar.gz {bin,sbin,etc,run/vnstat,var/{log,lib}/vnstat}