How To Install VnStat Network Monitoring on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of VnStat Network Monitoring on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, VnStat is a console-based network traffic monitoring tool design for Linux and BSD. It allows the users to maintain a log of network traffic for the selected interfaces. In this Vnstat tool, the interface bandwidth will reduce automatically.

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 VnStat Network Monitoring on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.

VnStat Features

  • Multiple output options.
  • Generate png graphic output.
  • Consumes lite portion of system resources.
  • Monitor multiple network interfaces at the same time.
  • Sort the data by month, week, hour, and day.
  • Low CPU usage.

Install VnStat Network Monitoring on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing VnStat.

Use apt-get command-line utility to install vnStat package on your system:

apt-get install vnstat

Once installed, start and enable the Vnstat services:

systemctl start vnstat
systemctl enable vnstat

Step 3. Show Statics using vnStat Command-Line.

Using vnStat command-line utility you can view statistics on bandwidth on per day, per month, and per hour basis. It also provides an option to show statistics in real-time:

### Show Statistics for a day ###
vnstat -d 

### Show Statistics for a Month ###
vnstat -m

### Show Statistics for a Hour ###
vnstat -h

### Show Statistics for a Real Time ###
vnstat -l

### For more available options you can use the --help ###
vnstat --help

Step 4. Configure the vnStat PHP Web-Based Interface.

vnStat also provides PHP based web interface to show graphical statistics. In order to set up the vnStat web interface, it required install the LAMP stack on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Download vnStat PHP code using the below given URL.

get http://www.sqweek.com/sqweek/files/vnstat_php_frontend-1.5.1.tar.gz

Extract downloaded archive in web accessible directory, eg: /var/www/html/:

tar xzf vnstat_php_frontend-1.5.1.tar.gz
mv vnstat_php_frontend-1.5.1 /var/www/html/

Edit the config.php file and set the following parameters:

$language = 'en';
$iface_list = array('eth0', 'sixxs');
$iface_title['eth0'] = 'Public Interface';
$vnstat_bin = '/usr/bin/vnstat';

Accessing VnStat via a web browser, Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/ or http://server-ip.

Install VnStat Network Monitoring on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Congratulations! You have successfully installed VnStat. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the VnStat network monitoring tool on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official VnStat website.

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