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zabbix-agent (18) Versions 0.12.0

Installs/Configures Zabbix Agent

cookbook 'zabbix-agent', '= 0.12.0', :supermarket
cookbook 'zabbix-agent', '= 0.12.0'
knife supermarket install zabbix-agent
knife supermarket download zabbix-agent
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Chef Cookbook - zabbix-agent

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This cookbook installs and configures the zabbix-agent with sane defaults and very minimal dependancies.

Supported OS Distributions

  • RHEL/CentOS 6, 7
  • Ubuntu 10.04 12.04 14.04
  • Debian 6.0.10 7.8
  • (soon) fedora
  • (soon) opensuse
  • (planned) freebsd
  • (planned) Windows

Other similar versions will likely work as well but are not regularly tested.


If you have a supported OS, internet access, and a searchable DNS alias for "zabbix" that will resolve to your zabbix server this cookbook will work with no additional changes. Just include recipe[zabbix-agent] in your run_list.

Otherwise you will need to modify this to point to your zabbix server:

node['zabbix']['agent']['servers'] = ''


default['zabbix']['agent']['package']['repo_uri'] = ''
default['zabbix']['agent']['package']['repo_key'] = ''

or try one of the other install methods

zabbix_agentd.conf file

All attributes in the zabbix_agentd.conf file can be controlled from the:


attribute. This will require a change in attribute naming for upgrades from 0.9.0.

default['zabbix']['agent']['conf']['Timeout'] = '10'


  "default_attributes": {
    "zabbix": {
      "agent": {
        "conf": {
          "Server": [""],
          "Timeout": "10"

Default Install, Configure and run zabbix agent

Install packages from and run the Agent:

  "run_list": [

Selective Install or Install and Configure (don't start zabbix-agent)

Alternatively you can just install, or install and configure:

  "run_list": [

"run_list": [


Install Method options are:

node['zabbix']['agent']['install_method'] = 'package' # Default
node['zabbix']['agent']['install_method'] = 'source'
node['zabbix']['agent']['install_method'] = 'prebuild'
node['zabbix']['agent']['install_method'] = 'cookbook_file' # not yet implemented
node['zabbix']['agent']['install_method'] = 'chocolatey' # Default for Windows

node['zabbix']['agent']['version'] # Default 2.4.4 (set to 2.4.1 for latest prebuild)

Don't forget to set :
node['zabbix']['agent']['servers'] = ["",""]
# defaults to zabbix
node['zabbix']['agent']['servers_active'] = [""]

Package install

If you do not set any attributes you will get an install of zabbix agent version 2.4.4 with
what should be a working configuration if your DNS has aliases for and
your hosts search

Source install

If you do not specify source_url attributes for agent it will be set to download the specified branch and version from the official Zabbix source repository. If you want to upgrade later, you need to either nil out the source_url attributes or set them to the URL you wish to download from.


to install an alternative branch or tar file you can specify it here

node['zabbix']['agent']['source_url'] = ""

Prebuild install

The current latest prebuild is behind the source and packaged versions. You will need to set node['zabbix']['agent']['version'] to the version you wish to be installed.

Cookbook file install

This will install a provided package that can be included in the ./files directory of the cookbook itself and stored on the chef server.

Chocolatey install

Currently untested. Pull requests and kitchen tests desired.

Note :

A Zabbix agent running on the Zabbix server will need to :
* use a different account than the one the server uses or it will be able to spy on private data.
* specify the local Zabbix server using the localhost (, ::1) address.



The default recipe installs, configures and starts the zabbix_agentd.

You can control the agent install with the following attributes:

node['zabbix']['agent']['install_method'] = 'package' # Default

node['zabbix']['agent']['install_method'] = 'source'
node['zabbix']['agent']['install_method'] = 'prebuild'
node['zabbix']['agent']['install_method'] = 'cookbook_file' # not yet implemented


Controls the service start/stop/restart


applies the provided attributes to the configurable items


Installs the cookbook based on the 'install_method'. Includes one of the following recipes


Downloads and installs the Zabbix agent from source


Sets up the Zabbix default repository and installs the agent from there


Downloads the Zabbix prebuilt tar.gz file and installs it


Needs testing


The LWRPs have been moved to the libzabbix cookbook.


  • Verify and test on Windows
  • Verify and test on freebsd
  • Add cookbook_file install method



  • include kitchen tests for all supported OS types
  • upgrade to default client version 2.4.4
  • cleanup source compile dependancies
  • added debian as supported
  • added more distributions and versions to kitchen testing
  • many bug fixes for diffrent distribution versions


  • Move LWRPs to their own cookbook to clean up zabbix-agent
  • Clean up linting and unit tests


  • Upgrading from 0.9.0 may require some slight changes to attribute names that control the configuration file.
  • Migrate zabbix_agentd.conf to a fully dynamically generated template
  • Include many more tests
  • General clean-up of code


  • Major refactor of all code.
  • Rename cookbook to zabbix-agent, strip out all server, web, java-gateway dependencies.
  • Add default code path chefspec tests
  • Update kitchen tests
  • Added package install from
  • Rename many cookbooks to follow a Install->Configure->Service design pattern.

0.8.0 forked from see this page for historical change log

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