How to Install Cacti on Ubuntu 20.04

Install Cacti on Ubuntu 20.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure Cacti on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

Cacti is an open-source platform for data monitoring that is completely PHP driven. It is designed as the front-end application for the Round-Robin database tool (RRDtool). It is used to get CPU load and network bandwidth utilization in a graph format.

Install Cacti on Ubuntu 20.04

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install LAMP Stack on Ubuntu.

Cacti is built with PHP. You can host it like you would any other web app is written in PHP. So, you’re going to need to set Ubuntu up as either a LAMP server. If you haven’t done so already, use our traditional LAMP guide to set up Ubuntu to serve PHP before you continue.

Step 3. Download and Install Cacti.

Now download the latest version of Cacti by running the below command:


Extract the Cacti archive using the tar command:

tar -zxvf cacti-latest.tar.gz
sudo mv cacti-1* /opt/cacti

Step 4. Creating a MySQL database for Cacti.

Cacti uses the MySQL database to store all its data like posts, pages, users, plugins, and themes settings. Log in to your MySQL server with the following command and enter your MySQL root password:

mysql -u root -p

Once you’re in the MySQL console, create a new database:

GRANT ALL ON cactidb.* to 'ownclouduser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-passwd';

Now, hit the given command to import the default DB data to the new cacti DB:

sudo mysql -u root -p cacti < /opt/cacti/cacti.sql

Then specify the DB type, DB name, hostname, user, and password info by editing the below file:

sudo nano /opt/cacti/include/config.php

Update to similar changes:

/* make sure these values reflect your actual database/host/user/password */
$database_type = "mysql";
$database_default = "cacti";
$database_hostname = "localhost";
$database_username = "osradar";
$database_password = "'your-passwd'";
$database_port = "3306";
$database_ssl = false;

Once done, create a crontab file to schedule the polling job:

sudo nano /etc/cron.d/cacti

Add the following scheduler entry in the crontab so that Cacti can poll every five minutes:

*/5 * * * * www-data php /opt/cacti/poller.php > /dev/null 2>&1

Step 5. Configuring Apache for Cacti.

Create a new virtual host configuration file for your Cacti, named

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/cacti.conf

And add the following content to the file:

Alias /cacti /opt/cacti

<Directory /opt/cacti>
   Options +FollowSymLinks
   AllowOverride None
   <IfVersion >= 2.3>
   Require all granted
<IfVersion < 2.3>
    Order Allow,Deny
    Allow from all
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php

<IfModule mod_php.c>
   php_flag magic_quotes_gpc Off
   php_flag short_open_tag On
   php_flag register_globals Off
   php_flag register_argc_argv On
   php_flag track_vars On
  # this setting is necessary for some locales
   php_value mbstring.func_overload 0
  php_value include_path .
DirectoryIndex index.php

For the new configuration to take effect, restart the Apache service by typing:

sudo a2ensite cacti.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite 
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Step 6. Completing the Cacti Installation.

Open your favorite web browser and go to http://your_domain/cacti. Login to the Cacti installation wizard to set up the Cacti installation:

Username: admin

Password: admin

Install Cacti on Ubuntu 20.04

That’s all you need to do to install Cacti on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. For further reading on Cacti, please refer to their official knowledge base. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.