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check_nginx_status - nagios-plugin to monitor nginx status

June 28, 2013 09:24AM
check_nginx_status is (yet another) Nagios-Plugin
to monitor nginx status and alerts on various values, based on HttpStubStatus

it also creates, based on the returned values, a csv to store data

http://doxi-news.blogspot.de/2013/06/checknginxstatus-nagios-plugin-to.html (with screenshots)


check_nginx_status [-H|--HOST] [-p|--port] [-u|--url] [-a|--auth] [-s|--ssl]
[-t|--test] [-w|--warning] [-c|--critical]
[-o|--output] [-r|--resultfile]
[-h|--help] [-v|--version] [-d|--debug]


print check_nginx_status help

Sets nginx host
Default: localhost

Sets connection-port
Default: 80/http, 443/https

Turns on SSL
Default: off

Sets nginx status url path.
Default: /nginx_status

Sets nginx status BasicAuth user:password.
Default: off

Sets the test(check)_value for w/c
if used, -w/-c is mandatory
Default: checktime
possible Values:

active_conns -> active connections
accepts_err -> difference between accepted and
handled requests (should be 0)
requests -> check for requests/connection
reading -> actual value for reading headers
writing -> value for active requests
waiting -> actual keep-alive-connections
checktime -> checks if this check need more than
given -w/-c milliseconds

--calculated checks ---------------
rps -> requests per seconds
cps -> connections per second
dreq -> delta requests to the previous one
dcon -> delta connections to the previous one

these checks are calculated at runtime with a timeframe
between the latest and the current check; time is
extracted from the timestamp of the result_file

to disable calculation (no files are written) use -n;
you cannot use -t [rps,cps,dreq,dcon] with -n; this
will raise an error and the plugin returns UNKNOWN

see -r - option for an alternate filepath for temporary results

Sets a warning level for selected test(check)
Default: off

Sets a critical level for selected test(check)
Default: off

turn on debugging - messages (use this for manual testing,
never via nagios-checks; beware of the messy output
Default: off

display version and exit

output only values from selected tests in perfdata; if used w/out -t
the check returns the value for active connections

please note, beside the values from the actual check
(eg.g check_nginx.results) a second
file is created, if not existent, and written on each plugin-run
(check_nginx.results.csv), containign a historic view on all
extracted values
default: /tmp/check_nginx.results{.csv}

never write a results-file; CANNOT be used with calculated checks
-t [rps|cps|dreq|dcon]
default: off

*** ) -> please dont use this option, not implemented or not functional


just get all perfdata, url is default (/nginx_status)
./check_nginx_status --HOST www.example.com

just get active connections perfdata
./check_nginx_status -H www.example.com -o

check for plugin_checktime, error > 10ms (warning) or 50ms (error) and output
only perfdata for that values
./check_nginx_status -H www.example.com -u /status -w 10 -c 50 -o

check for active connections, alert on > 500/2000 active connections
./check_nginx_status -H www.example.com -u /status -t active_conn -w 500 -c 2000

Check for accepts_errors
./check_nginx_status -H www.example.com -t accepts_err -w 1 -c 50


NginxStatus.Check OK | ac=1;acc=64; han=64; req=64; err=0; rpc=1; rps=0; cps=0; dreq=1; dcon=1; read=0; writ=1; wait=0; ct=6ms;

ac -> active connections
acc -> totally accepted connections
han -> totally handled connections
req -> total requests
err -> diff between acc - han, thus errors
rpc -> requests per connection (req/han)
rps -> requests per second (calculated) from last checkrun vs actual values
cps -> connections per (calculated) from last checkrun vs actual values
dreq -> request-delta from last checkrun vs actual values
dcon -> accepted-connection-delta from last checkrun vs actual values
read -> reading requests from clients
writ -> reading request body, processes request, or writes response to a client
wait -> keep-alive connections, actually it is ac - (read + writ)
ct -> checktime (connection time) for this check

rpc/rps/dreq/dcon are always set to 0 if -n is used

be sure to have your nginx compiled with Status-Module
(--with-http_stub_status_module), you might want to test
your installation with nginx -V

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


nginx compiled with HttpStubStatusModule (see Nginx-Config)

python 2.x
this plugin is not yet compatible with python 3.x, but it should be
easy to convert, using 2to3

Docs & Download:



comments appreciated


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check_nginx_status - nagios-plugin to monitor nginx status

mex June 28, 2013 09:24AM

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