Install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10 - A step by step guide ?

Cacti is an open-source, web-based network monitoring and graphing tool designed as a front-end application for the open-source, industry-standard data logging tool RRDtool. It is used to get CPU load and network bandwidth utilization in a graph format.

Here at LinuxAPT, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Network Monitoring queries on Linux systems.

In this context, we shall look into how to install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10.

Steps to install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10 Buster

1. Perform system update

Before we install any software, it's important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade

2. Install LAMP stack

A Debian 10 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here.

3. Install SNMP and RRDTool

Here, Install the SNMP and RRDTool packages by running the below command:

$ sudo apt install snmp php-snmp rrdtool librrds-perl

4. Install Cacti Spine

You can Install the Cacti package using the apt command: 

$ sudo apt install cacti cacti-spine

During the installation process, you will be prompted to configure Cacti with few options to select from available options:

  • First of all, Choose the web server that you wish to use for configuring with Cacti like we are using Apache and then press 'OK' key to continue.
  • Now it will ask you for a web server that you will use, we choose Apache2 since that's what we installed in the dependencies.
  • Next, it will ask to configure the Cacti database, select Yes.
  • Now it will ask for your root password of the MariaDB database.

5. Access Cacti Web Interface

Cacti will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip-address/cacti and complete the required steps to finish the installation. 

You will get the "Cacti Installation Guide" on the screen. Click on the 'Next' button.

On the next screen, you will get a drop-down button. Because of this fresh installation select 'New Install' and click 'Next' button.

Cacti will now check for the packages it needs to run properly. Make sure all the checks appear with an "OK" status, and then click Finish.

The next page is the login page. The first time you log into Cacti, use admin as username and password.

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This article covers the process of installing Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10 Buster system. In fact, Cacti is a free and open-source, web-based network monitoring, and graphics tool which provides a fast poller with advanced graphic template creation and multiple data collection methods. 

For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Cacti Monitoring website.

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