Icinga2: LiveStatus Activation/Installation

Hey all,

Here is a quick note how to install and activate MK Livestatus (Check_MK) API for your Icinga2 installation.

More info about livestatus on the official website: https://mathias-kettner.de/checkmk_livestatus.html

So, check if it’s already activated:

# icinga2 feature list
Disabled features: compatlog debuglog gelf graphite influxdb livestatus opentsdb perfdata statusdata syslog
Enabled features: api checker command ido-mysql mainlog notification

As we can see livestatus is currently disabled

Let’s enable it using the following command:

# icinga2 feature enable livestatus
Enabling feature livestatus. Make sure to restart Icinga 2 for these changes to take effect.

Now we need to add one more LivestatusListener object and fix the existing one to support livestatus on local unix socket and on TCP socket.

Open /etc/icinga2/features-enabled/livestatus.conf and edit it as following:

library "livestatus"

object LivestatusListener "livestatus-tcp" {
  socket_type = "tcp"
  bind_host = ""
  bind_port = "6666"

object LivestatusListener "livestatus-unix" {
  socket_type = "unix"
  socket_path = "/var/run/icinga2/cmd/livestatus"

You can bind it to some specific IP and/or change port to another one if you need, also make sure that your socket_path is exists

# ls -la /var/run/icinga2/cmd/livestatus
srw-rw---- 1 icinga icingacmd 0 Oct 30 10:51 /var/run/icinga2/cmd/livestatus

Let me know if you have any questions




Icinga2 Director: How to import a server IP from local file

Hey all,


Today I had a pretty interesting task with Icinga2 and Director. The issue was with accessibility to DNS server which was installed in AWS without any public access, so basically it was used only for internal requests. To make story short, the task was to get IP address from local file, hostname from SQL database and assign it to each other.

Here is the changes that I made for ‘PropertyModifierGetHostByName.php’ file.


// - /usr/share/icingaweb2/modules/director/library/Director/PropertyModifier/PropertyModifierGetHostByName.php
namespace Icinga\Module\Director\PropertyModifier;

use Icinga\Exception\InvalidPropertyException;
use Icinga\Module\Director\Hook\PropertyModifierHook;
use Icinga\Module\Director\Web\Form\QuickForm;

class PropertyModifierGetHostByName extends PropertyModifierHook
    public static function addSettingsFormFields(QuickForm $form)
        $form->addElement('select', 'on_failure', array(
            'label'        => 'On failure',
            'description'  => $form->translate('What should we do if the host (DNS) lookup fails?'),
            'multiOptions' => $form->optionalEnum(array(
                'null' => $form->translate('Set no value (null)'),
                'keep' => $form->translate('Keep the property (hostname) as is'),
                'fail' => $form->translate('Let the whole import run fail'),
            'required'    => true,

    public function getName()
        return 'Get host by name (DNS lookup)';

    public function transform($value)
        //$host = gethostbyname($value);
        $lines_array = file("/usr/share/icingaweb2/dns.txt"); //comma-separated txt file
        foreach($lines_array as $line) {
            if(strpos($line, $value) !== false) {
            list(, $new_str) = explode(",", $line);
            $host = trim($new_str); }

        if (strlen(@inet_pton($host)) !== 4) {
            switch ($this->getSetting('on_failure')) {
                case 'null':
                    return null;
                case 'keep':
                    return $value;
                case 'fail':
                    throw new InvalidPropertyException(
                        'Host lookup failed for "%s"',

        return $host;

The file dns.txt contains IP and domain names, which are comma-separated. You may change the location of the file, use many of them, or even use key-value database for such queries, it’s pretty easy.

So, basically it search for IP address in dns.txt file for provided hostname in Import function. It will return null or fail (based on your settings), if returned IP is not IPv4.

Extra module will be created and pushed to the github on next Monday.

Happy monitoring!