How to install Zabbix server on Ubuntu 18.04

Zabbix is a free and opensource monitoring application used for monitoring servers, client machines, and network devices as well. It allows monitoring for TCP/IP protocols such as SNMP and ICMP. in this tutorial, we will see how you can install Zabbix on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server.


Before you get started out, you will require an instance on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. If you don’t have one already, you can create an account with Cloudcone and deploy a fully-managed VPS or cloud server for only $3.71. Also, ensure that you can access the VPS via SSH.


Step 1: Update the system

To start with, log into your system via SSH and update the system repositories using the commands below

# sudo apt update -y

Sample Output

update the system

# sudo apt upgrade -y

Sample Output

upgrade the system repositories


Step 2: Install LAMP server

Since Zabbix is a graphical monitoring tool and will display statistics on a web browser, then we need to install a web server along with a database and other modules. For this, we need to install a LAMP server. Execute the commands below

# sudo apt install apache2 libapache2-mod-php mysql-server mysql-client  -y

install lamp server

Next, install php and php modules

# sudo apt install php php-mbstring php-gd php-xml php-bcmath php-ldap php-mysql

install php and php modules

Next, you need to update the time zone in the PHP configuration in  /etc/php/PHP_VERSION/apache2/php.ini

set timezone in php-ini file

Save and Quit.


Step 3: Adding the Zabbix repository in your system

Before installing Zabbix, we need to install the Zabbix repository in our system.

First, download  the Zabbix deb file as shown below

# cd /opt
# wget


download Zabbix 4.0


Next run

# sudo dpkg -i zabbix-release_3.4-1+bionic_all.deb

install zabbix server


Step 4: Install Zabbix Server

After enabling the Zabbix apt repository, its time now to install the Zabbix server. First, update your system

# sudo apt update -y

update the system repositories

Next, install the Zabbix server using the command

# sudo apt install zabbix-server-mysql zabbix-frontend-php

install zabbix server on Ubuntu 18.04


The zabbix-server-mysql comes with Zabbix server alongside MySQL support

The zabbix-frontend-php module provides the front-end web interface in PHP for management of Zabbix server.


Step 5: Create and define the database schema

We need to create a database for our Zabbix server. To do this, we are going to log into our MySQL server using root privileges

# mysql -u root -p

log in to MySQL database


Create the database  and user for Zabbix

mysql> CREATE DATABASE zabbixdb;
mysql> GRANT ALL on zabbixdb.* to zabbix@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'zabbix_password';


create database and configure settings


Next, load the Zabbix database schema

# cd /usr/share/doc/zabbix-server-mysql
# zcat create.sql.gz | mysql -u root -p zabbixdb


loading zabbix database schema


Step 6. Edit Zabbix configuration file

Using your favorite text editor , open the <code>/etc/zabbix/zabbix_server.conf</code> file and uodate the database configurations as shown below:



Step 7. Restart Apache web server and Zabbix server

Once we are done with all the modifications in different configuration files, we need to restart Apache web server and Zabbix server for the changes to take effect.

To restart Apache run:

# systemctl restart apache2


To restart Zabbix server run

# systemctl restart zabbix


Step 8. Set up Zabbix server using the installer wizard

To access Zabbix installer, open your favorite browser and go to your server’s URL and append /zabbix as shown


In our case, the URL is

install zabbix server

Click Next to proceed to the next screen. Check that all prerequisites are installed and hit Next step


Zabbix prerequisites

In the next page, enter the database details and hit Next step

Zabbix server enter database details

In this step, enter your server’s hostname or IP address.  Hit Next step

zabbix server details



This page gives you an overview of all the details that you’ve entered. If you want to make some edits, hit Back. If all is good to go, hit Next Step.

Zabbix Pre installation summary



You will get a “Congratulations! You have successfully installed Zabbix frontend message” This shows that Zabbix has been set up with the correct configurations

Congratulations you have successfully installed Zabbix

Hit Finish to complete the setup

The log in screen will appear. Use the following credentials to log in

username: Admin

Password: zabbix

zabbix login

After logging in, you will be presented with  a dashboard as shown below

zabbix dashboard


At this point, you’ve successfully installed Zabbix Server 4.0. Check out our next topic on how to install Zabbix agent on CentOS 7 and Ubuntu 18.04

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Hey there! This is James, a Linux administrator and a tech enthusiast. I love experimenting with various distributions of Linux and keeping tabs on what's new in the Linux world.
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