Setting up Monit (On Ubuntu) ..

Apart from playing with the Source Code Open Source Software has given us.

Installing Monit :–


sudo apt-get install monit

This command will install Monit on Ubuntu.

In order to Start the Monit we need to edit file  “/etc/default/monit” and set the  “startup= 1”

This will start the Monit, but we need to do the real work inside the “/etc/monit/monirc”  file, and mention what all services we want to be monitored.

I have simply added a script for monitoring my Nginx Server

check process nginx with pidfile /var/run/
start program = “/etc/init.d/nginx start”
stop program  = “/etc/init.d/nginx stop”
group www-data

But before that we need to enable few other services as well like:–

set daemon  20           # check services at 2-minute intervals

set logfile syslog facility log_daemon    #for log analysis

set httpd port 2812 and
use address localhost  # only accept connection from localhost
allow localhost        # allow localhost to connect to the server and
allow admin:monit      # require user ‘admin’ with password ‘monit’
#     allow @monit           # allow users of group ‘monit’ to connect (rw)
#     allow @users readonly  # allow users of group ‘users’ to connect readonly


Once am done with this i will restart monit and see the status on localhost:2812 , we will see the status saying nginx is running.

let kill or stop Nginx and see the same url, you will see a message saying Nginx is stopped.


As we have asked the monit to check and restart the service at 2 minutes, you will see the process up and running again.