How To Install Monit on CentOS 8

Install Monit on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Monit on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Monit is an open-source process tracking tool for Linux OS that helps you to monitor the processes by the system. It automatically does the maintenance and repair of the particular process and ensures it is brought back online. Monit also can be used for handling and monitoring packages, files, directories, filesystems, TCP/IP network exams, protocol assessments, and can make use of SSL for such tests.

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 through the step-by-step installation of the Monit monitoring system on a CentOS 8.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Monit on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install zlib-devel pam-devel openssl-devel libtool bison flex autoconf gcc make git epel-release

Step 2. Installing Monit on CentOS 8.

Now run the following command to install Monit to your CentOS system:

sudo dnf install monit

To starting Monit is as simple as running one command:

$sudo monit

###You should see the message below in the end###
 New Monit id: ak47bmwe46857bcf3c5g0detd225e83
 Stored in '/root/.monit.id'
 Starting Monit 5.46.0 daemon with http interface at [localhost]:2812

You can as well enable Monit to start when the server restarts:

sudo systemctl enable --now monit

Step 3. Configure Monit.

Monit comes with a configuration that allows you to fine-tune the configuration and add what we need to monitor.

sudo nano /etc/monitrc

Look for httpd port 2812, modify the following entries:

set httpd port 2812
    #use address localhost => only accept connection from localhost (drop if you use M/Monit)
    use address     
    allow admin:monit

From the above settings, Monit will listen on port 2812 on all interfaces. The admin user will be able to access the web interface from any network.

Step 4. Configure Firewall.

Configure the firewall to allow access to the Monit web interface, running on port 2812:

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=2812/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 5. Accessing Monit on CentOS.

Monit will be available on HTTP port 2812 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate tohttp://your-server-ip-address:2812 and then enter the credentials you created in /etc/monitrc.

Install Monit on CentOS 8

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Monit. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Monit monitoring tool on your CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Monit 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 idroot.us, 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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