Setting up Graphana on LibreNMS

Thanks to the guys who put together the information at the following links.

I ran into some issues trying to get this to work. So here are some of my notes. I already had a LibreNMS installation set up.

  1. Install RRDReST
    1. Install Docker
    2. Configure Docker compose file
  2. Configure LibreNMS API User and Key
  3. Set up and Configure Grafana
    1. Install Grafana
    2. Install JSON Data Source Plugin
    3. Add LibreNMS API Data Source
    4. Add RRDReST Data Source
    5. Import Dashboard into Grafana
  4. View graphs

Installing RRDReST

I had issues installing RRDReST. I am guessing it had to do with it accessing files. I was able to install it in a docker container.

  1. Install Docker
  2. Create a compose file
  3. Install container

Install docker

sudo yum install -y docker docker-compose
sudo systemctl enable docker

Create docker compose file with the following options

vi docker-compose.yml

Change the TZ to your time zone. If you have issues with the graphs, most likely something is off with the time zone between this container and Grafana/LibreNMS server

version: "3.5"


    image: michaelwadman/rrdrest:latest
    container_name: rrdrest
    restart: always
      - "/opt/librenms:/opt/librenms"
      - TZ=America/Denver

Save the file and start and setup the container with

sudo docker-compose up -d

You will need your docker container IP address to setup the connection in Grafana

sudo docker exec -it rrdrest ip addr | grep eth0

Congratulations. You should now have a RRDReST docker container that will auto start on system boot and has the correct time zone.

Configure LibreNMS API User and Key

  1. Create a Grafana user in LibreNMS. (Settings Gear -> Manage Users -> Add Users)
    You could technically skip this step and use an existing user.
  2. Create API token for the newly created user (Setting Gear -> API -> API Settings)
Create a Grafana user in LibreNMS
Setup API Key for Grafana in LibreNMS

Set up and Configure Grafana

Basic steps are as follows

  1. Install Grafana
  2. Install JSON Data Source Plugin
  3. Configure Data Sources
    1. LibreNMS API
    2. RRDRest API
  4. Import Dashboard into Grafana

Install Grafana

There is not anything special with installing Grafana on the same server as LibreNMS. You can follow the official guide to install it

After Grafana is installed, install the JSON API data source. You can do this using the grafana-cli

grafana-cli plugins install marcusolsson-json-datasource

A note on SSL/TLS certificates. If you have an SSL certificate for LibreNMS, you can use it for grafana. If you run into issues, try copying the cert (fullchain.pem, privkey.pem) to /etc/grafana/

You’ll most likely need to change owner

sudo chown root:grafana /etc/grafana/*.pem

And maybe the file permissions.

sudo chmod 640 /etc/grafana/*.pem

Install JSON Data Source Plugin

This is fairly straight forward.

grafana-cli plugins install marcusolsson-json-datasource

Add LibreNMS API Data Source

In Grafana, go to Configuration -> Data Sources -> Add data source

  • Set Name for Data Source
  • URL should be https://your_librenms_url/api/v0
  • Add Custom HTTP Header
    • Header field should be “X-Auth-Token”
    • Value field should contain the API token we created in LibreNMS
  • Save and Test
    If you receive any errors, refer to the Troubleshooting part at the end.
Adding LibreNMS API Data Source in Grafana

Add RRDReST Data Source

In Grafana, go to Configuration -> Data Sources -> Add data source

  • Set Name for Data Source
  • URL needs to be your docker container IP address (Steps above)
  • Save and Test (Should return “Unprocessable Entity”)
Adding RRDReST API Data Source in Grafana

Import Dashboard into Grafana

Now we need a dashboard to present our data.

  • Go to Create -> Import
  • Upload JSON file (Download from here or PasteBin )
  • Under RRDReST API , select our RRDReST Data Source
  • Under LibreNMS API , select our LibreNMS Data Source
  • Click Import

You should now be able to view your dashboard and use the drop down menus to select devices

Grafana viewing bandwidth on device being monitored by LibreNMS


There were a couple of issues I ran into while trying to get everything working together.

RRDReST shows 404 Not Found

Issue: When trying to run RRDReST with uvicorn, I was never able to access the rrd files, even the test rrd files that are included when installing RRDReST. I am guessing it is either a permisions issue, or something unable to access the files.
Work around: Install RRDReST via Docker container.

Error Running uvicorn RRDReST

Error Adding LibreNMS API

Issue: Get a “JSON API: Bad Request” when trying to set up the LibreNMS API Data Source in Grafana.

Work around: Install a valid SSL Certificate and set up a DNS record so you can access LibreNMS at

More info: I would assume that “Skip TLS Verify” would work with or without a valid certificate, but it would not work for me. There are potentially some other options with modifying how Nginx or Apache is set up that would get this working. If you setup Grafana to use a SSL certificate, you may need to copy the certificate files (fullchain.pem, privkey.pem) to /etc/grafana/ and run “chown root:grafana *.pem” to let grafana have access to the files.

Grafana LibreNMS API JSON API: Bad Request

LibreNMS – Package not found: The ‘command_runner>=’

The Problem

Running the ./validate.php script returns the following error

[FAIL]  Python3 module issue found: 'Required packages: ['PyMySQL!=1.0.0', 'python-dotenv', 'redis>=3.0', 'setuptools', 'psutil>=5.6.0', 'command_runner>=1.3.0']
Package not found: The 'command_runner>=1.3.0' distribution was not found and is required by the application
        pip3 install -r /opt/librenms/requirements.txt

Running the [FIX] throws an error saying gcc failed with exit status 1.

The Solution

Fortunately this issue is easy to resolve.

First we need to install python3-devel

sudo yum install python3-devel

Next, as the librenms user, run the pip command to install the requirements.

pip3 install --user -U -r /opt/librenms/requirements.txt

Run ./validate.php to verify that everything is working.

librenms validate.php results

LibreNMS Error Running ./validate.php – Database: incorrect column…

LibreNMS error while running ./validate.php

Recently I started getting the following error while running ./validate.php.

$ sudo -u librenms ./validate.php
Component | Version
--------- | -------
LibreNMS  | 21.8.0-41-g0a76ca4
DB Schema | 2021_08_26_093522_config_value_to_medium_text (217)
PHP       | 7.4.20
Python    | 3.6.8
MySQL     | 10.5.10-MariaDB
RRDTool   | 1.4.8
SNMP      | NET-SNMP 5.7.2

[OK]    Composer Version: 2.1.6
[OK]    Dependencies up-to-date.
[OK]    Database connection successful
[FAIL]  Database: incorrect column (notifications/datetime)
[FAIL]  Database: incorrect column (users/created_at)
[FAIL]  We have detected that your database schema may be wrong, please report the following to us on Discord ( or the community site (
        Run the following SQL statements to fix.
        SQL Statements:
         SET TIME_ZONE='+00:00';
         ALTER TABLE `notifications` CHANGE `datetime` `datetime` timestamp NOT NULL DEFAULT '1970-01-02 00:00:00' ;
         ALTER TABLE `users` CHANGE `created_at` `created_at` timestamp NOT NULL DEFAULT '1970-01-02 00:00:01' ;

Reading online it sounds like some of the recent changes are causing the issue. Looks fairly easy to resolve though.

First we’ll need to get a MySQL prompt. We’ll do that by running

mysql -u librenms -p librenms

It’ll ask use for the librenms user’s mysql password.

Once we have the MySQL prompt we can just copy and paste the commands in.

SET TIME_ZONE='+00:00';
ALTER TABLE `notifications` CHANGE `datetime` `datetime` timestamp NOT NULL DEFAULT '1970-01-02 00:00:00' ;
ALTER TABLE `users` CHANGE `created_at` `created_at` timestamp NOT NULL DEFAULT '1970-01-02 00:00:01' ;

Type ‘quit’ to exit MySQL and lets run the validate script again.

sudo -u librenms ./validate.php

Everything should check out OK.

LibreNMS Error – port_groups Base table or view already exists

port_groups issue upgrading LibreNMS

The above error can be resolved by dropping the port_groups table in mysql. You may double check that there is no information in the table. I checked this instance and it didn’t have any data in the table so I dropped it with

drop table port_groups;

I then ran the lnms command again and it created the table and started migrating.

Migrate LibreNMS to new Server

Some quick notes on manually moving LibreNMS to a new server.  For more detailed instructions you can refer to the following post

Recovering LibreNMS from crashed XenServer VM


  1. Backup /opt/librenms file
  2. Backup librenms database
  3. Install LibreNMS on new server
  4. Import /opt/librenms files
  5. Import librenms database

Backing up LibreNMS files

LibreNMS stores all it’s files in /opt/librenms
Quick and easy way to back up the LibreNMS files is to use tar.

tar zcvf librenms_backup.tgz /opt/librenms

Migrating Database

I believe you can copy the whole /var/lib/mysql directory.  Should be able to use the above command.  If not you can do a mysqldump and then import it on the new system.

LibreNMS – Rename Host From Command Line

SSH into LibreNMS server

ssh user@librenms-server

cd into the LibreNMS directory

cd /opt/librenms

Rename host

sudo ./renamehost.php old-hostname new-hostname


Note you can use IP addresses if the device is using that as the host name

sudo ./renamehost.php 192.168.2

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LibreNMS update to Python 3

You may get the following alert in LibreNMS. Basically you need to install python 3 to keep things up to date.

Python 3 is required to run LibreNMS as of May, 2020. You need to install Python 3 to continue to receive updates. If you do not install Python 3 and required packages, LibreNMS will continue to function but stop receiving bug fixes and updates.

Install Python 3

Install Python 3 with yum, or apt if you are on a Debian based distro.

sudo yum install python3
sudo pip3 install -r /opt/librenms/requirements.txt

Verify LibreNMS is updated and working

Run the following commands to make sure that LibreNMS is working correctly and is up to date.

cd /opt/librenms
sudo ./validate.php
sudo ./

LibreNMS – failed

All the following commands are run from the “/opt/librenms” directory

$ sudo ./ 
Re-running /opt/librenms/ as librenms user
Updating to latest codebase                        FAIL
error: Your local changes to the following files would be overwritten by merge:
Please, commit your changes or stash them before you can merge.

Checking with validate.php shows that you can run githup-remove to fix it

$ sudo ./validate.php
[WARN]  Your install is over 24 hours out of date, last update: Mon, 23 Feb 2020 05:43:12 +0000
         Make sure your cron is running and run ./ by hand to see if there are any errors.
 [WARN]  Your local git contains modified files, this could prevent automatic updates.
         You can fix this with ./scripts/github-remove
         Modified Files:

Run “sudo ./scripts/github-remove -d”

$ sudo ./scripts/github-remove -d
Are you sure you want to delete all modified and untracked files? [y/N] y

You should also be able to remove the files individually if the above command does not work.

Run validate again to make sure it checks out good.

Now run ./

Manually create graph of device in LibreNMS

In LibreNMS, you can hit the “Show RRD Command” to give you the command to manually create a graph.  Copy the command.

In the command below, the path shows the IP address of the device to generate the graph from.  Theoretically you can change that to a different IP to generate graphs from other devices.

SSH into server server and run the command, change /tmp/randomtext to something like /root/mikrotik_092619.png or whatever you want.  You can also adjust the size, color etc of the graph.

 rrdtool graph /tmp/randomtext --alt-y-grid --alt-autoscale-max --rigid -E --start 1515946500 --end 1516551300 --width 1712.7 --height 483 -c BACK#EEEEEE00 -c SHADEA
#EEEEEE00 -c SHADEB#EEEEEE00 -c FONT#000000 -c CANVAS#FFFFFF00 -c GRID#a5a5a5 -c MGRID#FF9999 -c FRAME#5e5e5e -c ARROW#5e5e5e -R normal --font LEGEND:8:DejaVuSansMono --font AXIS:7:DejaVuSansMono -
-font-render-mode normal COMMENT:'Volts Cur Min Max\n' DEF:sensor495=/opt/librenms/rrd/ LINE1:sensor495#CC0000:'Voltage 0
 ' GPRINT:sensor495:LAST:%5.1lfV GPRINT:sensor495:MIN:%5.1lfV GPRINT:sensor495:MAX:%5.1lfV\l