Nagira -- Nagios RESTful API


Build Status


  • Light-weight web services RESTful API for reading and changing status of Nagios objects:
    • host status
    • service status
  • and for read-only access to:
  • Nagios objects
    • hosts
    • services,
    • contacts,
    • groups of
      • hosts
      • services
      • contacts
      • escalations, etc.
  • Nagios server configuration
  • Nagios runtime environment

Source Code

Source code available from Github


    gem install nagira

For more details look at INSTALL


  1. Run Sinatra application nagira
  2. Use HTTP client to get information:
   curl http://localhost:4567/_objects/contact/_list

   curl http://localhost:4567/_status/_list

or to send check result to Nagios:

curl -X PUT -H "Content-type: application/json;" \
    -d @host_check.json

  "plugin_output" : "ping OK"

See more in FEATURES and API documentation in API


YARD documentation included with the project, run yardoc in project root directory. Generated YARD docs are available at

How and why?

Provide simple and consistent way for information exchange with Nagios

  1. Provide read-only access to the object configuration and object states by reading Nagios data files: status.dat and objects.cache, and
    • objects.cache file keeps information about Nagios configuration (lists of servers, services, groups etc);
    • status.dat file is file that stores information about current state of the objects (hosts and services) and Nagios process itself;
    • Nagios configuration information is in nagios.cfg file, by reading and parsing this file all other configuration can be obtained.
  2. provide check result submission interface (similar to Nagios NSCA and for setting/updating Nagios configuration.

If necessary at a later stages this could be implemented using Nagios' NEB interface, but the disadvantage of the NEB API is that it could block Nagios process and introduce latencies in Nagios.

File parsing obviously takes resources for each single parse, however if application -- Rails, Sinatra or similar -- is able to keep state of the parser, is not a problem. IF application can keep track of file parse times and file modification time it is possible to parse file only if it was changed and infrequently enough.

Road-map blueprint

When implemented API could provide foundation for development of well-defined, modular, distributed Nagios monitoring: distributed Nagios nodes communicating with each other, retrieving status and submitting check results, distributed, load-balanced, fault tolerant configuration.

Web UI could be completely de-coupled from Nagios core, not required to run on the Nagios host and can retrive data over the network. It's possible to build complete Javascript web application running in the browser server-less.


Dmytro Kovalov,

2011, Dec, 26th - started