Configure Cacti Network Graphing Tool

Cacti is a complete frontend to RRDTool, it stores all of the necessary information to create graphs and populate them with data in a MySQL database. The frontend is completely PHP driven. Along with being able to maintain Graphs, Data Sources, and Round Robin Archives in a database, cacti handles the data gathering. There is also SNMP support for those used to creating traffic graphs with MRTG.

Required software(s)

You need to install the following software on RHEL / Fedora / CentOS Linux:

  1. MySQL Server : Store cacti data.
  2. NET-SNMP server – SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is a protocol used for network management.
  3. PHP with net-snmp module – Access SNMP data using PHP.
  4. Apache / lighttpd / ngnix webserver : Web server to display graphs created with PHP and RRDTOOL.

Install the software

[root@server~]# yum install mysql-server

[root@server~]# yum install mysql

[root@server~]# yum install php-mysql  php-pear php-common

 [root@server~]#  yum install php-gd  php-devel  php

[root@server~]# php-mbstring php-cli php-snmp

 [root@server~]# yum install php-pear-Net-SMTP php-mysql

Configure MySQL server

[root@server~]# mysqladmin -u root password NEWPASSWORD

Create cacti MySQL database

[root@server~]# mysql -u root -p -e 'create database cacti'

Create a user called cacti with a password called cacti,
[root@server~]#  mysql -u root -p

mysql> GRANT ALL ON cacti.* TO cacti@localhost IDENTIFIED BY ‘cacti’;

mysql> FLUSH privileges;

mysql> \q

Install snmpd

Type the following command to install net-snmpd
[root@server~]# yum install net-snmp-utils php-snmp net-snmp-libs

Configure snmpd, open /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf
[root@server~]# vi /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf
Append / modify it as follows (see snmpd.conf man page for details):

#             source          community

com2sec      local                 localhost           public#          

groupName        securityModel          securityName

group    MyRWGroup            v1                           local

group    MyRWGroup            v2c                         local

group    MyRWGroup            usm                        local

# Make at least  snmpwalk -v 1 localhost -c public system fast again.

#                  name         incl/excl     subtree         mask(optional)

view               all                  included         .1                         80

# Finally, grant the group read-only access to the systemview view.

#            group               contexts    ec.model   sec.level   prefix   read      write  notif

access    MyRWGroup       “”                any               noauth         exact      all            all       none

syslocation  Unknown (edit /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf)

syscontact    Root  (configure /etc/snmp/snmp.local.conf)

pass . /usr/bin/ucd5820stat

Save and close the file.

Turn on snmpd service:
[root@server~]#service snmpd start
[root@server~]# chkconfig  snmpd on

Make sure you are getting information from snmpd:
[root@server~]# snmpwalk -v 1 -c public localhost IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex

IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex. = INTEGER: 2

IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex.67.yy.zz.eee = INTEGER: 3

IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex. = INTEGER: 1

Install cacti

[root@server~]# yum install cacti

Install cacti tables

Type the following command to find out cacti.sql path:
[root@server~]# rpm -ql cacti | grep cacti.sql


Type the following command to install cacti tables (you need to type the cacti user password):
[root@server~]# mysql -u cacti -p cacti < /usr/share/doc/cacti-0.8.7d/cacti.sql

Configure cacti

[root@server~]# vi /etc/cacti/db.php
Make changes as follows:

/* make sure these values refect your actual database/host/user/password */

$database_type            = “mysql”;

$database_default        = “cacti”;

$database_hostname    = “localhost”;

$database_username    = “cacti”;

$database_password    = “cacti”;

$database_port             = “3306”;

Configure httpd

[root@server~]# vi /etc/httpd/conf.d/cacti.conf

You need to update allow from line. Either set to ALL or your LAN subnet to allow access to cacti:

# Cacti: An rrd based graphing tool


Alias /cacti    /usr/share/cacti


Order Deny,Allow

Deny from all

Allow from


Another option is create /usr/share/cacti/.htaccess file and password protect the directory. Finally, restart httpd:

[root@server~]# service httpd restart

 Setup cacti cronjob

[root@server~]# vi /etc/cron.d/cacti

Uncomment the line:

*/5 * * * *     cacti   /usr/bin/php /usr/share/cacti/poller.php > /dev/null 2>&1

Run cacti installer

Now cacti is ready to install. Fire a web browser and type the url:

Just follow on screen instructions. The default username and password for cacti is admin / admin. Upon first login, you will be force to change the default password.

How do I configure SNMP data collection?

SNMP can be used to monitor server traffic. Once installed login to cacti.
=> Click on Devices

=> Select Localhost

=> Make sure SNMP options are selected as follows:


Finally, click on Save button.

How do I create SNMP graphs?

Click on “Create Graphs for this Host” link on top right side. Select SNMP – Interface Statistics

Select a graph type (such as In/Out bytes with total bandwidth)

Finally, click on Create button.



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Last Modified: January 12, 2017

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