Automatic service restart when some service down in Zabbix

3 min readOct 7, 2020


In this post I will show you how to easily restart services using the Zabbix monitoring system.


Instruction how install Zabbix

Adjust zabbix-agent configuration

If we want to use zabbix to restart services automatically, we need to enable some options in the zabbix -agent configuration.

Edit file /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf and enable this two options

### Option: EnableRemoteCommands
# Whether remote commands from Zabbix server are allowed.
# 0 - not allowed
# 1 - allowed
# Mandatory: no
# Default:
### Option: LogRemoteCommands
# Enable logging of executed shell commands as warnings.
# 0 - disabled
# 1 - enabled
# Mandatory: no
# Default:

Save file and restart service

root@vagrant:/home/vagrant# systemctl restart zabbix-agent
root@vagrant:/home/vagrant# systemctl restart zabbix-agent && systemctl status zabbix-agent
● zabbix-agent.service - Zabbix Agent
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/zabbix-agent.service; disabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: active (running) since Mon 2020-10-05 17:55:06 UTC; 17ms ago
Process: 15064 ExecStop=/bin/kill -SIGTERM $MAINPID (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
Process: 15065 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd -c $CONFFILE (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
Main PID: 15067 (zabbix_agentd)
Tasks: 6 (limit: 1111)
CGroup: /system.slice/zabbix-agent.service
├─15067 /usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd -c /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf
├─15068 /usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd -c /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf
├─15069 /usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd: listener #1 [waiting for connection]
├─15070 /usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd: listener #2 [waiting for connection]
├─15071 /usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd: listener #3 [waiting for connection]
└─15072 /usr/sbin/zabbix_agentd -c /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf
Oct 05 17:55:06 vagrant systemd[1]: Starting Zabbix Agent...
Oct 05 17:55:06 vagrant systemd[1]: zabbix-agent.service: Can't open PID file /run/zabbix/ (yet?) after start: No such file or directory
Oct 05 17:55:06 vagrant systemd[1]: Started Zabbix Agent.

Verify if zabbix user have permission in your sudoers, ifdon’t edit /etc/sudoers (visudo) and add line:

zabbix ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /etc/init.d/rsyslog restart

Configure Actions in Zabbix WebUI

  • Login into zabbix and go to Configuration -> Actions
  • Create new Action


  • Operation type: We change it to Remote Command
  • Target list: We we should always choose a Host no matter if it’s remote host or localhost
  • Commands: The command to be executed when the trigger is fired

The full configured action should look like this:

Make a test!

  • Create item
  • Create trigger

Now we can stop rsyslog and wait for zabbix trigger

root@vagrant:/home/vagrant# systemctl stop rsyslog

After about 20 seconds a trigger will appear which will restart the stopped service.

The above scenario can be safely applied to other services.




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