Cacti is a complete network graphing solution that uses the RRDtool (Round-Robin Database tool) to store time-series data for creating graphs, providing a fast and easy way to monitor your network resources, devices, and services.
To install Cacti on Ubuntu 18.04, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Update System
First, update your Ubuntu system to ensure you have the latest package versions:
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
Step 2: Install Apache Web Server
Cacti requires a web server to function. Install the Apache web server using the following command:
sudo apt install apache2
Step 3: Install PHP and Extensions
Cacti also relies on PHP and certain PHP extensions. Install PHP and the required extensions:
Cacti requires a MySQL or MariaDB database to store its data. Install MySQL and create a new database for Cacti:
sudo apt install mysql-server
sudo mysql -u root -p
CREATE DATABASE cacti;
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON cacti.* TO 'cactiuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
Step 5: Install Cacti
Now, we can proceed with installing Cacti itself:
sudo apt install cacti
Step 6: Configure Cacti
After installation, we need to configure Cacti to connect to the MySQL database:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure cacti
Step 7: Configure Apache
We need to configure Apache to allow access to Cacti and enable the necessary Apache modules:
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