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Daniel Westermann

Open source monitoring solutions (2) – Zabbix agents and PostgreSQL monitoring

By the end of the last post we finished with a running Zabbix server which uses PostgreSQL as it’s back-end database. In addition a Zabbix agent is running on the same host, so the monitoring host itself is present in the Zabbix console. In this post will deploy the Zabbix agent on three PostgreSQL Patroni nodes and later on configure Zabbix to monitor the PostgreSQL instances.

As the agent deployment works exactly the same, no matter the host, I’ll show it on one PostgreSQL/Patroni host only. Just repeat that on the other nodes and you should be fine. The deployment of the agent from source code, is not much different than deploying the Zabbix. First of all get the source code:

[email protected]:/home/postgres/ [pg141] wget
[email protected]:/home/postgres/ [pg141] tar axf zabbix-5.4.7.tar.gz 
[email protected]:/home/postgres/ [pg141] cd zabbix-5.4.7/

The recent version of the Zabbix agent (v2) is written in Go so this needs to be installed (and the other dependencies), before installing the agent. As Debian 11 comes with Go 1.15 which is too old for the agent, we need to fetch Go directly:

[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] sudo apt install -y libpcre3-dev
[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] wget
[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] tar axf go1.17.3.linux-amd64.tar.gz 
[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] sudo mv go /usr/local/
[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/go/bin/
[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] go version
go version go1.17.3 linux/amd64
[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] ./configure --prefix=/u01/app/postgres/product/zabbix_5.4.7 --enable-agent2
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /usr/bin/mkdir -p
checking for gawk... gawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
config.status: creating man/Makefile
config.status: creating include/config.h
config.status: executing depfiles commands


  Detected OS:           linux-gnu
  Install path:          /u01/app/postgres/product/zabbix_5.4.7
  Compilation arch:      linux

  Compiler:              cc
  Compiler flags:         -g -O2 

  Library-specific flags:

  Enable server:         no

  Enable proxy:          no

  Enable agent:          no

  Enable agent 2:        yes

  Enable web service:    no

  Enable Java gateway:   no

  LDAP support:          no
  IPv6 support:          no

*            Now run 'make install'                       *
*                                                         *
*            Thank you for using Zabbix!                  *
*                                  *

Ready to install:

[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] make install
Making install in src
make[1]: Entering directory '/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/src'
Making install in libs
make[2]: Entering directory '/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/src/libs'
Making install in zbxcrypto
go: downloading v1.5.0
go: downloading v2.0.0-20190816093944-a6b53ec6cb22
go: downloading v3.0.3+incompatible
go: downloading v4.1.0+incompatible
make[2]: Nothing to be done for 'install-exec-am'.
make[2]: Nothing to be done for 'install-data-am'.
make[2]: Leaving directory '/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7'
make[1]: Leaving directory '/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7'
[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] /u01/app/postgres/product/zabbix_5.4.7/sbin/zabbix_agent2 --version
zabbix_agent2 (Zabbix) 5.4.7
Revision 84dc2ec5dc 28 October 2021, compilation time: Nov 30 2021 13:37:39

Copyright (C) 2021 Zabbix SIA
License GPLv2+: GNU GPL version 2 or later .
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it according to
the license. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
We use the library Eclipse Paho (eclipse/paho.mqtt.golang), which is
distributed under the terms of the Eclipse Distribution License 1.0 (The 3-Clause BSD License)
available at

We use the library go-modbus (goburrow/modbus), which is
distributed under the terms of the 3-Clause BSD License
available at

That’s it. Adjust the configuration and create a systemd service definition:

[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] ln -s /u01/app/postgres/product/zabbix_5.4.7/ /u01/app/postgres/product/zabbix-current
[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] egrep -v "^$|^#" /u01/app/postgres/product/zabbix-current/etc/zabbix_agent2.conf
[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] cat /etc/systemd/system/zabbix-agent.service 
Description=dbi services zabbix agent service,postgres-zabbix.service



[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] sudo systemctl enable zabbix-agent.service 
[email protected]:/home/postgres/zabbix-5.4.7/ [pg141] sudo reboot
[email protected]:/home/postgres/ [pg141] systemctl status zabbix-agent.service 
● zabbix-agent.service - dbi services zabbix agent service
     Loaded: loaded (/etc/systemd/system/zabbix-agent.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: activating (start) since Tue 2021-11-30 14:17:55 CET; 1min 28s ago
   Main PID: 912 (zabbix_agent2)
      Tasks: 5 (limit: 1133)
     Memory: 12.8M
        CPU: 39ms
     CGroup: /system.slice/zabbix-agent.service
             └─912 /u01/app/postgres/product/zabbix-current/sbin/zabbix_agent2

Nov 30 14:17:55 patroni1 zabbix_agent2[912]: Starting Zabbix Agent 2 (5.4.7)
Nov 30 14:17:55 patroni1 zabbix_agent2[912]: Zabbix Agent2 hostname: []
Nov 30 14:17:55 patroni1 zabbix_agent2[912]: Press Ctrl+C to exit.

Once this is done and the agent is running you can add the host to the Zabbix configuration:

Repeat all that for the remaining nodes and then you have a setup like this:

Adding PostgreSQL metrics is just a matter of attaching the template to the hosts and a few moments later the metrics are there:

Easy and simple to setup.

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Daniel Westermann
Daniel Westermann

Principal Consultant & Technology Leader Open Infrastructure