Integrate netdata monitor (on Linux server)


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What's netdata

netdata ( is a "Simple. Effective. Awesome!" monitor which can monitor almost everyting on your Linux/FreeBSD system. You can visit its website to check online demo.

We will show you how to install and configure netdata on iRedMail server (Linux) to monitor mail service related software.

Install packages required by netdata

netdata requires some tools to get stastics data from other software, let's install it first.

yum install curl libmnl libuuid lm_sensors nc PyYAML zlib iproute MySQL-python python-psycopg2
apt-get install zlib1g libuuid1 libmnl0 curl lm-sensors iproute2 netcat python3-mysqldb python3-psycopg2

Install netdata

cd /root/
chmod +x
./ --accept

netdata installs its files under /opt/netdata/ by default, let's create symbol link of the configuration and log directories:

ln -s /opt/netdata/etc/netdata /etc/netdata
ln -s /opt/netdata/var/log/netdata /var/log/netdata

netdata will create required systemd script for service control, also logrotate config file, so there's not much we need to do after the package installation.

Configure netdata

Main config file of netdata is /etc/netdata/netdata.conf, it contains many parameters with detailed comments. Here's the config file used by iRedMail:

    enabled = no

    bind to =
    run as user = netdata
    default port = 19999
    update every = 3

    # Disable IPVS check since iRedMail doesn't use ipvs by default
    /proc/net/ip_vs/stats = no

    # inbound packets dropped
    /proc/net/dev = no

netdata ships a lot modular config files to gather information of software running on the server, they have very good default settings and most config files don't need your attention at all, including:

But some applications do require extra settings, we will cover them below.

Monitor OpenLDAP

OpenLDAP supports an optional monitoring interface you can use to obtain information regarding the current state of your OpenLDAP server. For instance, the interface allows you to determine how many clients are connected to the server currently. The monitoring information is provided by a specialized backend, the monitor backend. A manual page, slapd-monitor(5) is available.

netdata-1.11.1 (released on 23 Nov 2018) supports monitoring OpenLDAP through its monitor backend.

To enable monitor backend in OpenLDAP, please append lines below in slapd.conf:


You must replace dc=example,dc=com by the real LDAP suffix that you use.

database monitor
access to dn="cn=monitor"
    by dn.exact="cn=Manager,dc=example,dc=com" read
    by dn.exact="cn=vmail,dc=example,dc=com" read
    by * none

It enables OpenLDAP backend monitor, also grant read access to dn cn=Manager,dc=example,dc=com and cn=vmail,dc=example,dc=com. Again, you must replace dc=example,dc=com by the real LDAP suffix that you use.

On Debian/Ubuntu, please also find lines in slapd.conf like below:

modulepath /usr/lib/ldap
moduleload back_mdb

Append a new moduleload directive right after moduleload back_mdb like below:

moduleload back_monitor

Now restart OpenLDAP service.

Create file /opt/netdata/etc/netdata/python.d/openldap.conf with content below:


update_every: 5

    username : "cn=vmail,dc=example,dc=com"
    password : "<password-of-vmail>"
    server   : "localhost"
    port     : 389
    timeout  : 1

Now restart netdata service.

Monitor Nginx and php-fpm

We need to enable stub_status in Nginx to get detailed server info, also update php-fpm config file to enable similar feature.

location = /stub_status {
    stub_status on;
    access_log off;
    deny all;

location = /status {
    include fastcgi_params;
    fastcgi_pass php_workers;
    fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $fastcgi_script_name;
    access_log off;
    deny all;
server {
    include /etc/nginx/templates/redirect_to_https.tmpl;
    include /etc/nginx/templates/stub_status.tmpl;      # <- add this line
pm.status_path = /status

Monitor Dovecot


Netdata supports monitoring Dovecot-2.2 or before, not 2.3.

We need to enable statistics module in Dovecot.

mail_plugins = ... stats

protocol imap {
    mail_plugins = ... imap_stats
plugin {
    # how often to session statistics (must be set)
    stats_refresh = 30 secs
    # track per-IMAP command statistics (optional)
    stats_track_cmds = yes

service stats {
    fifo_listener stats-mail {
        user = vmail
        mode = 0644

    inet_listener {
        address =
        port = 24242

Monitor MySQL/MariaDB server

netdata requires a SQL user (we use netdata here) with privilege USAGE to gather MySQL server information.

# mysql -u root
sql> GRANT USAGE ON *.* TO netdata@localhost IDENTIFIED BY '<password>';
    name: 'local'
    host: ''
    port: '3306'
    user: 'netdata'
    pass: '<password>'

Monitor PostgreSQL server

netdata requires a SQL user (we use netdata here) to gather PostgreSQL server information.

# su - postgres
$ psql
    name     : 'local'
    user     : 'netdata'
    password : '<password>'
    database : 'postgres'

System tuning

To get better performance, netdata requires few sysctl settings. Please add lines below in /etc/sysctl.conf:


Also increase max open files limit.

mkdir -p /etc/systemd/system/netdata.service.d

Create file /etc/systemd/system/netdata.service.d/limits.conf:


Reload systemd daemon:

systemctl daemon-reload

Configure Nginx to forward requests to netdata

# Running netdata as a subfolder to an existing virtual host
# FYI:

location = /netdata {
    return 301 /netdata/;

location ~ /netdata/(?<ndpath>.*) {
    proxy_redirect off;
    proxy_set_header Host $host;

    proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Host $host;
    proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Server $host;
    proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
    proxy_http_version 1.1;
    proxy_pass_request_headers on;
    proxy_set_header Connection "keep-alive";
    proxy_store off;

    gzip on;
    gzip_proxied any;
    gzip_types *;

    auth_basic "Authentication Required";
    auth_basic_user_file /etc/nginx/netdata.users;
server {
    include /etc/nginx/templates/netdata.tmpl;      # <- add this line
    include /etc/nginx/templates/misc.tmpl;
touch /etc/nginx/netdata.users
doveadm pw -s SSHA -p '<password>'

The password looks like this {SSHA}Tama1midwSV6XWTlonR6n6sNM8yuEPvv.{SSHA}Tama1midwSV6XWTlonR6n6sNM8yuEPvv

Now open a web browser and access url https://your-server/netdata/ (please replace your-server by the real domain name), it will ask you to input username and password for authentication, please use the account we just added in file /etc/nginx/netdata.users to login.

This is what you see after successfully logged in:

Update netdata

To update netdata, just download new version of the prebuilt package from its github page, then run it:

chmod +x
./ --accept

That's it.

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