Monitoring RabbitMQ Queues with Zabbix

Sun 09 October 2011 by Thomas Van Doren

Recently I setup some monitoring on a RabbitMQ server using Zabbix. This process is by no means difficult, but I thought it was worth sharing.

I was looking for a solution that did not require additional plugins or packages, but would perform well. Some useful tools for monitoring include: the Management Plugin for RabbitMQ - works well, but provides more info than I needed; SNMP Statistics Plugin which looks promising; and the method below.

This assumes a zabbix server and agent(s) are setup, and a basic knowledge of zabbix.

Zabbix User Parameters

These user parameters pull all of the queue and exchange information out of rabbitmqctl for a particular queue and exchange.

I created a new file, /etc/zabbix/zabbix.conf.d/rabbitmq-server-stats.conf, which looked like the one below. It assumes rabbitmqctl is at /usr/sbin/rabbitmqctl.

After making the changes, bounce (restart) the zabbix-agent service on the rabbitmq server box.

Sudo Permissions

The parameters won't work until the zabbix group is granted non-password sudo access. I chose to add a new file at /etc/sudoers.d/rabbitmqserverstats.

I added the following line to the end of /etc/sudoers:

/etc/sudoers.d/rabbitmqserverstats contains:

And with that, Zabbix should be able to monitor the some-queue and some-exchange statistics.

Update: Posted to RabbitMQ Server Stats template on ZabbixTemplates.com.