PRTG Linux network monitoring: What you’ll find on this page
Introducing: fuss-free Linux network monitoring
Running a Linux/Unix network?
Now, you can keep an eye on key metrics like traffic, bandwidth, system and device status, and time synchronization via NTP, optimize performance, and troubleshoot issues without having to install or modify anything on your monitored devices themselves.
Simple to set up and use, but extremely powerful and highly customizable, our Linux network monitoring tool Paessler PRTG uses SNMP and SSH protocols, as well as custom scripts to securely send data to your PRTG servers, where you can keep track of your network's health and get alerted as soon as something's about to go wrong.
What Linux network monitoring looks like in PRTG
Diagnose network issues by continuously monitoring your Linux operating system. Show server capacity, bandwidth, free memory, and other network health stats in real time and visualize data in graphic maps & dashboards to identify problems more easily. Gain the visibility you need to troubleshoot bottlenecks and maximize performance.
PRTG is compatible with all major vendors and manufacturers
The sensible choice: 4 reasons to use PRTG as your Linux monitoring tool
Super simple setup
So easy you could do it in your sleep. The setup assistant will walk you through the process and the automatic network discovery detects Linux devices and more in your network. Once you're up and running, you can customize the monitoring environment to suit your requirements.
Pick your preferred Linux server performance thresholds and get notified the second your Linux network’s at risk of going under or exceeding them, so you can fix issues before they cause disruptions (and leave the office at a reasonable hour).
When security threats arise, you need to know at once, whether you’re in the office, at home, or on vacation. PRTG server security continuously monitors your servers and hosts, alerting you even before there is a critical issue. Our PRTG apps for iOS and Android give you the freedom to leave the server room with peace of mind, knowing that if there is no alert, everything’s running smoothly.
Secure your Linux network and optimize performance, while reducing your workload. Need we say more? With PRTG working in the background 24/7, you'll save time, be proactive, and have the peace of mind that nothing will fall through the cracks.
PRTG Linux monitoring: How it works
Set it and forget it. Yes, really.
PRTG's sophisticated Linux monitoring sensors track every aspect of your Linux network. Each sensor monitors specific parameters. Define warning and error thresholds for each parameter, and you'll be automatically alerted when the value falls below it, so you can troubleshoot and fix the issue.
Our preconfigured, Linux-specific sensors come out-of-the-box with each license of PRTG.
- SNMP Linux Disk Free sensor to keep track of available disk space
- SNMP Linux Load Average sensor to track average system load at 1, 5, and 15-minute intervals
- SNMP Linux Meminfo sensor for monitoring memory usage
- SNMP Linux Physical Disk sensor to track inputs and outputs per second, health, and data transferred per second
- SSH Disk Free sensor to keep track of available disk space
- SSH INodes Free
- SSH Load Average sensor to track average system load at 1, 5, and 15-minute intervals
- SSH Meminfosensor for monitoring memory usage
- SSH Remote Ping sensor to track connection speed between Linux/Unix/macOS and other devices, including packet loss percentages, and minimum, maximum, and average response times
- SSH SAN Enclosure sensor for monitoring the enclosure, controller, and power supply status
- SSH SAN Logical Disk sensor to track the health, input/outputs, and data transfer of a logical disk
- SSH SAN Physical Disk sensor to track the health, input/outputs, and data transfer of a physical disk
- SSH SAN System Health sensor for monitoring overall status, temperature, and voltage
- Python Script Advancedsensor for monitoring JSON and XML script values in multiple channels
- SSH Script sensor to monitor execution time and values returned by executable files and scripts in one channel
- SSH Script Advanced sensor to monitor execution time and values returned by executable files and scripts in multiple channels
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“Excellent tool for detailed monitoring. Alarms and notifications work greatly. Equipment addition is straight forward and server initial setup is very easy. ...feel safe to purchase it if you intend to monitor a large networking landscape.”
Infrastructure and Operations Engineer in the Communications Industry, firm size 10B - 30B USD
PRTG: The multi-tool for sysadminsAdapt PRTG individually and dynamically to your needs and rely on a strong API:
- HTTP API: Access monitoring data and manipulate monitoring objects via HTTP requests
- Custom sensors: Create your own PRTG sensors for customized monitoring
- Custom notifications: Create your own notifications and send action triggers to external systems
- REST Custom sensor: Monitor almost everything that provides data in XML or JSON format
Linux network monitoring: FAQ
PRTG is a proprietary software tool that also monitors Linux network performance and hardware health. The solution is Windows-based, but the used technology enables you to configure a Linux monitoring environment, so you can track your Linux network's stats and spot potential issues from one user-friendly location.
No. You can only do it on Windows. But, once you've installed the PRTG server, you can download the included, free PRTG app for desktop that also runs on Linux. With this app, you can monitor and manage your complete IT infrastructure from your Linux system. Alternatively, try our fully Linux-compatible hosted monitoring solution PRTG Hosted Monitor.
Yes and no. We do not plan to develop a complete PRTG Network Monitor edition for Linux. However, we’ll release our brand-new Multi-Platform Probe in February 2024, which runs on all your Linux and Unix systems and offers the full PRTG feature set.
We're so confident you'll love PRTG that it comes with a free, no-obligation 30-day trial. Should you decide to keep using it, you can choose from:
- A perpetual, on-premises PRTG Network Monitor license – ideal for small to medium-sized organizations
- A cloud-based PRTG Hosted Monitor subscription
- An on-premises, subscription-based PRTG Enterprise Monitor license that supports unlimited devices – ideal for large enterprises
In PRTG, “sensors” are the basic monitoring elements. One sensor usually monitors one measured value in your network, for example the traffic of a switch port, the CPU load of a server, or the free space on a disk drive.
On average, you need about 5-10 sensors per device or one sensor per switch port.
More than just a monitoring tool:
Reasons our customers love PRTG
Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier. Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network. Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free.
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Paessler PRTG is used by companies of all sizes. Sysadmins love PRTG because it makes their job a whole lot easier.
Bandwidth, servers, virtual environments, websites, VoIP services – PRTG keeps an eye on your entire network.
Everyone has different monitoring needs. That’s why we let you try PRTG for free.
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