How to Install and Configure Cacti

Install and Configure Cacti

1.Extract the distribution tarball.

shell> tar xzvf cacti-version.tar.gz

2. Create the MySQL database:

shell> mysqladmin –user=root create cacti

3. Import the default cacti database:

shell> mysql cacti < cacti.sql

4.Optional: Create a MySQL username and password for Cacti.

shell> mysql –user=root mysql
mysql> GRANT ALL ON cacti.* TO cactiuser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY ‘somepassword’;
mysql> flush privileges;

5.           Edit include/config.php and specify the database type, name, host, user and password for your Cacti configuration.

$database_type = “mysql”;
$database_default = “cacti”;
$database_hostname = “localhost”;
$database_username = “cactiuser”;
$database_password = “cacti”;

6.           Set the appropriate permissions on cacti’s directories for graph/log generation. You should execute these commands from inside cacti’s directory to change the permissions.

shell> chown -R cactiuser rra/ log/

(Enter a valid username for cactiuser, this user will also be used in the next step for data gathering.)

7. Add a line to your /etc/crontab file similar to:

*/5 * * * * cactiuser php /var/www/html/cacti/poller.php > /dev/null 2>&1

Replace cactiuser with the valid user specified in the previous step.

Replace /var/www/html/cacti/ with your full Cacti path.

8.           Point your web browser to:


Log in the with a username/password of admin. You will be required to change this password immediately. Make sure to fill in all of the path variables carefully and correctly on the following screen.

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