How to install OpenNMS Network Monitoring Platform on Ubuntu & Debian Servers

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In this post, you will learn how to install OpenNMS

OpenNMS (Open Network Management System) is a free, open-source, enterprise-grade platform and cross platform java-based networking management system is designed to monitor and analyze large amount on data on remote servers and can generate data in simple form for you to easily analyze it. It gathers the information of remote hosts by using JMX (Java Management Extensions and SNMP. It runs both on Window & Linux Servers which includes web-based console for administrating networks and applications

Requirements :

  • Ubuntu 16.04 or greater or Debian 9 or greater
  • 1GB of RAM or greater (The more the better the performance)
  • 2 Core CPU & 15GB Disk Space

Step 1 : Updating your Server

First step is to update your server and look for newer packages and security releases for your distribution, Run the following commands to update your server.

apt-get update -y
apt-get upgrade -y

Step 2 : Installing and Configuring OpenJDK

The second step is to install OpenJDK on your server, Run the following command to install OpenJDK

apt-get update
apt-get install default-jdk

OpenNMS update

Run the following command to know what version of OpenJDK is installed and in which directory its installed

update-alternatives –config java

Next step is to copy the following directory location into our /etc/enviroment file

nano /etc/environment

Add the following line to the file


Your file will look like this:

Save the file and run the following command :

source /etc/environment

Step 3 : Downloading & Installing OpenNMS

By default, OpenNMS is not available in Ubuntu or Debian packages, So we would need to install its repository file so we can download and install OpenNMS

Create a new file using the following command:

nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opennms.list

Paste the following content into the file:

deb stable main
deb-src stable main

Run the command to add the GPG Repository key

wget -O – | sudo apt-key add –

Now we installed the Repository Key, Now we can install the OpenNMS directly

apt-get update
apt-get install opennms

install OpenNMS
install OpenNMS

It will take a bit of a time to install as it installs over 1.2GB of content. Many things are installed with OpenNMS which includes PostreSQL

Run the following command to start your PostreSQL server

systemctl start postgresql

Change the password for PostreSQL by running the following command

passwd postgres

Switch to the PostGres user

su -l postgres
createuser -P opennms
createdb -O opennms opennms

Set the password for the Postgres user


Edit the OpenNMS Database File and change the fields accordingly

nano /etc/opennms/opennms-datasources.xml

The content of the file should look this :

<jdbc-data-source name="opennms"
        password="OpenNMS DB Password"/>

        password="PostGres Password Here"/>

Save and exit!

Now run the following command to initialize the setup of Database

/usr/share/opennms/bin/install -dis

You will see the following output :

Enable OpenNMS on boot and start it

systemctl enable opennms
systemctl start opennms

OpenNMS is fully installed, Now you can access your webpage at : http://localhost:8980

You will see a login screen like this

The default username and password is

Username : admin
Password : admin

You will see a screen like this after logging in, This mean the OpenNMS is fully working


OpenNMS server is fully operating and ready to monitor things. This tutorial assumes that you are on root!

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