Using SNMP plugins

Note: Most of the information on this page is specific to SNMP plugins, but the first section (manually enabling SNMP plugins) applies to all remote monitoring plugins, not just SNMP.

Configuring the node

In this example setup, both munin and munin-node run on the server “dumbledore”, and we also want to monitor the router “netopia” using SNMP plugins. The setup is shown below:


Manually enabling SNMP plugins

SNMP plugins are named with the format [protocol]__[metric], or [protocol]__[metric]_ for wildcard plugins, e.g. snmp__if_ for monitoring network interfaces or snmp__uptime for uptime.

To enable them, symlink them into /etc/munin/plugins on the node as normal, inserting the name of the host to be monitored between the first two underscores, e.g.

ln -s snmp__if_ /etc/munin/plugins/snmp_netopia_if_1
ln -s snmp__uptime /etc/munin/plugins/snmp_netopia_uptime

Using munin-node-configure

The easy way to configure SNMP plugins in Munin is to use munin-node-configure.

On the node you want to use as an SNMP gateway (“dumbledore”), run the configure script against your SNMP-enabled device (“netopia”).

dumbledore:~# munin-node-configure --shell --snmp netopia
ln -s /usr/share/munin/plugins/snmp__if_ /etc/munin/plugins/snmp_netopia_if_1
ln -s /usr/share/munin/plugins/snmp__if_err_ /etc/munin/plugins/snmp_netopia_if_err_1

This process will check each plugin in your Munin plugin directory for the magic markers family=snmpauto and capabilities=snmpconf, and then run each of these plugins against the given host or CIDR network.

Cut and paste the suggested ln commands and restart your node.


To probe SNMP hosts over IPv6, use --snmpdomain udp6 with munin-node-configure. To have the SNMP plugins poll devices over IPv6, set the domain environment variable to udp6 in the plugin configuration file. Other transports are available; see the Net::SNMP perldoc for more options.

Custom SNMP communities

munin-node-configure accepts the --snmpcommunity flag (and --snmpversion):

munin-node-configure --shell \
  --snmp <host|cidr> \
  --snmpversion <ver> \
  --snmpcommunity <comm>

You also need to set the community for the plugins themselves, if it’s different from the default public. By convention this is done via the community environment variable. Configure this in /etc/munin/plugin-conf.d on the node, like any other plugin configuration.

Example file /etc/munin/plugin-conf.d/snmp_communities:

[snmp_netopia_*] seacrat community

[snmp_some.other.device_*] frnpeng pbzzhavgl

Always provide your community name unquoted. In fact, if you do quote it, it will treat the quote as part of the community name, and that will usually not work. Just note that any prefix or trailing white space is stripped out, so you cannot currently configure a community name with a prefix or trailing white space.

Checking your configuration

If the plugins are configured properly, the node will present multiple virtual nodes when queried:

dumbledore:~# telnet localhost 4949
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.
# munin node at dumbledore
list netopia

Configuring the master with munin.conf

On the master, you add an entry for the hosts monitored by the SNMP plugins the same way you add any other node; however, you need to set the address to the address of the node the plugins run on – not the address of the system being monitored – and turn off use_node_name.

For the above setup, munin.conf would look like this:

   address localhost
   use_node_name yes

   address localhost
   use_node_name no

(use_node_name is somewhat confusingly named; if true, it means to use the name of the node the master is connecting to as the name of the node to collect metrics for, in this case dumbledore. If false, it means to ignore the name of the node itself, and instead collect metrics based on the name of that section in the config file, in this case netopia.)