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Presentation of the Shinken project

Welcome to the Shinken project.

Shinken is a modern, Nagios compatible monitoring tool, written in Python. Its main goal is to give users a flexible architecture for their monitoring system that is designed to scale to large environments. It’s as simple as the “cloud computing” makerting slides, but here, it’s real!

Shinken is backwards-compatible with the Nagios configuration standard and plug-ins. It works on any operating system and architecture that supports Python, which includes Windows and GNU/Linux.


There are mandatory and conditional requirements for the installation methods which are described below. Keep in mind that you if use an alternate installation method ( or simple extraction to a folder), you have to use that method as well when you update or remove your installation.

The recommended installation method is the "install script" which tries to do all the necessary steps for you. Use it if your OS is compatible with it.

You can skip/skim over the requirements section and come back to it later if using the installation script. However, it is recommended to check any requirement manually to confirm they are installed correctly.

Mandatory Requirements

shinken requires

  • Python 2.4 or higher (Python 2.6 or higher is required if you want to use the Web interface)
  • setuptools or distribute Python package for installation (see below)
  • pyro Python package 3.x or 4.x (caveat: not 3.x for debian squeeze)
  • pymongo Python Package >= 2.1 for the Shinken WebUI
  • pycurl Python package for Shinken Skonf configuration pack management
  • multiprocessing Python package when using Python 2.4 or 2.5 (multiprocessing is already included in Python 2.6 and higher)

Conditional Requirements

If you plan to use the livestatus module or the web interface, you will also need the following Python packages.

  • simplejson only if python 2.5 used
  • ujson (ujson is used in Livestatus for added speed)
  • pysqlite
  • kombu required by the Canopsis hypervisor and reporting module
  • python-ldap for active directory authentication (needed by Shinken WebUI ActiveDir_UI module)
  • Python 2.7 is required for developers to run the test suite, shinken/test/

Installing/Checking Common Requirements on Windows

There is an installation guide for Windows and an installation package.

Installing/Checking Common Requirements on Linux


For Python itself, the version which comes with almost all distributions should be okay.


Under ubuntu, you can grab the Pyro module with:

sudo apt-get install pyro

Under fedora, you can grab the Pyro module with:

sudo yum install python-pyro

Under other distributions, you can search for it:

yum search pyro

If you do not find it, or need to install a specific version, you can install it from PyPI:

easy_install pyro

How to install Shinken

You can use the install script utility located at the root of the shinken sources. The script creates the user and group, installs all dependencies, and installs shinken. It is compatible with Debian, Ubuntu, and Centos/Redhat 5.x and 6.x The only requirement is an internet connection for the server on which you want to install shinken. It also allows you to modify the installation folder in a configuration file.

If you want shinken installed in seconds (default in /usr/local/shinken)

1 - Download and extract the Shinken archive

2 - cd into the resulting folder

3 - run the installation script with the -i (install shinken) option

./install -i

See the install.d/README file for further information on installing plugins and web frontends.

Typical minimum installation using check scripts defined in Shinken, Shinken WebUI and PNP4Nagios for metrics. ie. ./install -i && ./install -p nagios-plugins && ./install -p check_mem && ./install -p manubulon && ./install -a pnp4nagios


1 - grab the latest shinken archive and extract its content

2 - cd into the resulting folder

3 - backup shinken configuration plugins and addons and copy the backup id:

./install -b

4 - remove shinken (if you installed addons with the installer say no to the question about removing the addons):

./install -u

5 - install the new version:

./install -i

6 - restore the backup:

./install -r backupid


cd into shinken source folder and run::
./install -u


The install script also installs some init.d scripts, enables them at boot time and starts them right after the install process ends.

Where is the configuration?

The configuration is where you put the etc directory, /etc/shinken (in /usr/local/shinken/etc for the quick and dirty method, /etc/shinken for the first two methods).

The nagios.cfg file is meant to be shared with Nagios. All Shinken specific objects (like links to daemons or realms) are in the file shinken-specific.cfg.

Do I need to change my existing Nagios configuration?

No, there is no need to change the existing configuration - unless you want to add some new hosts and services. Once you are comfortable with Shinken you can start to use its unique and powerful features.

Learn more about how to use and configure Shinken

Jump to the Shinken documentation wiki.

If you find a bug

You can consult the open issues list or submit a new issue at: