How To Install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10

Install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, Cacti is an open-source, web-based network monitoring and graphing tool designed as a front-end application for the open-source, industry-standard data logging tool RRDtool. It is used to get CPU load and network bandwidth utilization in a graph format.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Cacti on a Debian 10 (Buster).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 (Buster).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10 Buster

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install LAMP stack.

A Debian 10 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here.

Step 3. Installing SNMP and RRDTool.

Install the SNMP and RRDTool packages using the following command below:

sudo apt install snmp php-snmp rrdtool librrds-perl

Step 4. Cacti Monitoring on Debian systems.

Install the Cacti package using the apt command:

sudo apt install cacti cacti-spine

During the installation process, you will be prompted to configure Cacti with a few options to select from available options. First of all, Choose the web server that you wish to use for configuring with Cacti like we are using Apache, and then press ‘OK’ key to continue:

Install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10

Now it will ask you for a web server that you will use, we choose Apache2 since that’s what we installed in the dependencies.

Install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10

Next, it will ask to configure the Cacti database, select Yes.

Install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 9

Now it will ask for your root password of the MariaDB database.

Install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10

Step 3. Accessing Cacti Web Interface.

Cacti will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip-address/cacti and complete the required steps to finish the installation. You will get the “Cacti Installation Guide” on the screen. Click on the ‘Next’ button.

Install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10

On the next screen, you will get a drop-down button. Because of this fresh installation select ‘New Install’ and click ‘Next’ button.

Install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10

Cacti will now check for the packages it needs to run properly. Make sure all the checks appear with an “OK” status, and then click Finish.

Install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10

The next page is the login page. The first time you log into Cacti, use admin as username and password.

Install Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Cacti. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Cacti Monitoring on Debian 10 Buster system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Cacti Monitoring website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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