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Probe Collector


This tool will automate the hassle of adding or removing single monitoring probes manually from your IP-Whitelisting. It will do this by getting all IPv4 and IPv6 Probes and add them to a single Subdomain of your own domain. The probes are being added as separate A/AAAA Records for that subdomain instead of a single subdomain per probe.

This tool currently only supports Cloudflare as the DNS provider and Pingdom, UptimeRobot and StatusCake (IPv4) as the source for monitoring probes.


In the Sophos UTM* you can either do it manually by adding single Hosts with those Probe-IP's or you can now add a single DNS Group which points to your new subdomain. The UTM will automatically resolve to all A/AAAA Records (AAAA only when IPv6 is activated) and updates the Filterrules which uses this DNS Group, so an update of the Resource-Records on the Subdomain results in an automatically updated Whitelisting.

Starting with the newest UTM Update 9.508-10, you can also change the default TTL of one week for DNS groups to your specific needs. There was also a bug which caused DNS groups not to delete IP's that where deleted from the DNS (fixed with NUTM-8887).

How to use

The initial v1.x release was built as a shell script and only supported deleting all records and readding the updated version afterwards. As this works, it's not quite professional and uses more API calls than necessary. Also adding a TXT record for checking the last domain update was missing, so i have rewritten Probe Collector completely in Python and added a lot functions. The Bash-Version is now considered deprecated but can be still used from the examples subfolder. Please check an older version of this for Bash-Version instructions. It has formerly been called PPaaS or Pingdom Probes as a Service.

For v2.x and onwards, clone this repository, install the python modules and add the Cloudflare credentials to a config file. Then run it. Probe Collector has been tested with Python 2.7 and 3.6.


git clone
cd probecollector/
pip install -r requirements.txt

Authentication uses the python-cloudflare package and so it uses it's methods to authenticate at Cloudflare. Please read here which methods exist for authenticating. Probe Collector has been developed and tested with a local credential file in the same folder as the, so for example ./.cloudflare.cfg (That's why this file is also in .gitignore). But you can choose your preferred method. All of them should work and if not, feel free to open an issue.

Contributing and License

If you want to help me out making this tool better, you're very welcome.

I even appreciate ports to Go, Ruby or other Languages.

How to contribute?

  1. Check for open issues or open a new issue to start a discussion around a feature idea or a bug.
  2. Fork the repository on Github and make your changes on your own development branch (just branch off of master).
  3. Send a pull request (with the master branch as the target).




Probe Collector is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.


Probe Collector will add Monitoring probes to a single DNS Name for automating IP Whitelisting







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