Console and Pandora FMS Server Installation

Minimum hardware requirements

The requirements set out in this table are the minimum recommendations for different installations. These recommendations are calculated assuming that 80% of the modules have historical data and the average sampling time is 5 minutes. These recommendations are specified for an environment where they are installed in the same database server, server and console.

Hardware SMALL: up to
5.000 modules
MEDIUM: up to
15.000 modules
BIG*: up to
30.000 modules
Extra BIG*:
up to 80.000
CPU 2 core at 2 GHz 4 cores at 2,5 GHz 6 cores at 3 GHz 10 cores at 3 GHz
RAM 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
Hard drive 7200 rpm 15K rpm or SSD SSD SSD
Disk Space 40GB minimum
60GB recommended
60GB minimum
150GB recommended
120GB minimum
250GB recommended
250GB minimum
400GB recommended

* For Big and Extra Big environments, in addition to the above recommendations, it is recommended to install the database on a separate server.

* * For environments exceeding 80 thousand metrics, a distributed monitoring system using multiple nodes should be chosen.

(*) In addition to the these recommendations, we recommend installing MySQL on a standalone server and installing Percona XTraDB instead of standard MySQL.

In case you install Pandora FMS in a virtual environment, make sure to assign an independent disk with reserved space and high access speed. It is recommended to use SSD hard drives , due to their high impact on performance improvement.

If you need to store information older than one month, you will need to create a history database. For machine sizing refer to the hardware requirements in the table above.

Minimum software requirements

Software Requirements
Operating System RedHat Enterprise (RHEL) 7.X (Enterprise only)
CentOS 7.X (recommended)
RedHat Enterprise (RHEL) 8.X (Enterprise only)
CentOS 8.X
Windows Server (2003 or higher)
SLES 11 SP1 or higher
OpenSUSE 11.X or higher
Debian 5, 6, 7 or higher
Ubuntu 11 or higher
FreeBSD 9.X and 10.X
Solaris 10/OpenSolaris
Pandora FMS does not give official support in these platforms
Permissions Server
Pandora FMS Server service must be executed as root permission. Execution as non-root user is possible, being a special and different procedure. Find out more information in this link.
To be able to use the console from any web browser, Apache must have read and execute permissions on the console files.
Additionally, the config.php file must have the 600 permissions (read and write for administrator/root).
It is necessary to have writing permissions in the server directory: /var/spool/pandora/.
-Linux®: The Pandora FMS Server Software Agent must be executed as root permission in order to have all the agent features available, although it is also possible to execute it with other permissions.
-Windows®: Pandora FMS Server Software Agent must be executed as administrator permission.
Console PHP 7.2 → For Pandora FMS version 729 or higher.
PHP 5 → For Pandora FMS version 728 or older.
Browsers Microsoft Edge®
Opera web browser®
Google Chrome®
Mozilla Firefox®
Mozilla Firefox® and Google Chrome® are recommended to make use of interactive graphs and network maps.

Database requisites

BBDD Details
MySQL Standard Version 5.7
For standard installation, a user with creating privileges in the pandora DB is required. In case of not having this user, a manual installation can be performed.
Percona XTraDB Percona XTraDB installation is recommended for large Pandora FMS environments where more than 4000 agents must be created.
Version 5.7
For standard installation, a user with creating privileges in the pandora DB is required. In case of not having this user, it will be possible to carry out manual installation.

Satellite Server Requirements

Satellite Details
Hardware Similarly to Pandora FMS installation, the hardware requirements of the system that will host the satellite server will depend on the monitoring volume to be managed. For environments with less than 1000 agents, a minimum of 1 core at 2GHz and 1 GB of RAM is recommended.
Dependencies The main dependencies are:
Binaries The main dependencies are:
Linux® 32 Bits
Linux® 64 Bits
Windows® 32 Bits
Windows® 64 Bits
Raspberry Pi OS

Port requirements

Port Protocol Service/Process Descripction Address
80 TCP Pandora FMS Console IP management Browser Pandora FMS Console Server
80 TCP Pandora FMS Console (API Communication) Use of API/CLI feature Browser/Server that starts the query Pandora FMS Console Server
80 TCP Metaconsole Communication between Metaconsole and Nodes Metaconsole server Node Server Node Server Metaconsole server
162 UDP Pandora FMS Server Trap reception Trap generator device Pandora FMS Server
443 TCP Pandora FMS Console (API Communication) Use of API/CLI feature Browser/Server that starts the query Pandora FMS Console Server
443 TCP Metaconsole Communication between Metaconsole and Nodes Metaconsole server Node server Node server Metaconsole server
3306 TCP Pandora FMS Console and Server DB connection Pandora FMS Console Server Pandora FMS Database Server Pandora FMS Server Pandora FMS Database Server
3306 TCP Metaconsole Communication between Metaconsole and DB Nodes Metaconsole server DB Nodes Server Node Server Metaconsole BBDD Server
4444 TCP Pandora FMS Server Connection with Selenium GRID Pandora FMS Server Selenium Server
9995 UDP Pandora FMS Server Receiving Netflow probes nfcapd Server Pandora FMS Server
9200 TCP Pandora FMS Console and Server Log storage management with Elasticsearch Elasticsearch Server Pandora FMS Server
41121 TCP Pandora FMS Agents Tentacle Communication Software Agent Server Agent Pandora FMS Server
It is recommended to facilitate communication from Pandora FMS server and console to the whole network. For standard monitoring you should need minimum:
80 TCP Pandora FMS Server Web monitoring for WUX server Pandora FMS Server Server to monitor
161 UDP Pandora FMS Console and Server Monitoring via SNMP Polling Pandora FMS Server Server to monitor
443 TCP Pandora FMS Server Web monitoring for WUX server Pandora FMS Server Server to monitor
ICMP ICMP Console and Pandora FMS Server Web monitoring for WUX server Pandora FMS Server Server to monitor

Package Dependencies

Pandora FMS has a strong dependency on the Linux® Operating System, but it also needs additional packages which, in many cases, are not installed by default. During the installation process, there is a detailed list of package dependencies for CentOS.

Issues prior to Installation


During the installation process of Pandora FMS in Centos 7 and 8 systems by packages it is already explained how to install and configure the database compatible with the server, so it is not necessary any previous installation before following the guide and you can skip this point

You will need to have MySQL Server installed before configuring Pandora FMS, since the next step after installing Pandora FMS packages, is to configure access to the databases. To do that, it must be operational. If you are installing the MySQL Server at the same time as Pandora FMS, remember that you need to set up the root user for MySQL. This can be easily done in two steps:

1. Start MySQL Server daemon:

/etc/init.d/mysql start

2. Configure the root password for MySQL root user:

mysqladmin password <password>

In <password>, type in the password for MySQL root user (which is different from the system's root user). The system will ask for this password throughout the entire Pandora FMS installation process.

Pandora FMS Installation Order

You are required to follow this sequence in order to install Pandora FMS properly:

  1. Install console
  2. Install server

The reason for this is that MySQL database is configured during the initial configuration phase of the console installation. To ensure the correct working of the server, it is recommended to conduct the whole console installation process first.

It is also possible to host Pandora FMS Server and console in different machines. It is possible to indicate both where MySQL database is through the corresponding configuration file, although in Enterprise environments when carrying out a distributed installation you should take into account more factors for installation.

Regarding the agent: You may install it before or after installing the server and console, because the agent works independently and it may be installed on any machine.

Installing the Enterprise Version

The correct order for an Enterprise installation is as follows:

  • Install the open-source console.
  • Install the Enterprise Console.
  • Install the Enterprise Server.
  • When accessing the console, a box will appear requiring you to enter your Enterprise license code.

Validation of the license is only done in the console. Not in the server.

Details on how to correctly enter the license can be found in the following section: License Application v5.X window opens.

Enterprise Alternative Server packages

Versión EnterpriseYou can also choose to download and install the Enterprise version in a novel alternate package.

It is a set of binary files available in .tar.gz and .rpm format, it is a binary compilation different from the usual one.

It has as advantages the implementation of the encrypted connection to the MySQL® database as well as the option to use MS SQL Server®.

Pandora FMS technical support

From the technical support section you can request access to this resource.

Installation via Cloud provider

Pandora Server environment

The term “Cloud provider” (or simply “Cloud”) is used to describe the hosting of virtual machines, either exclusively or shared, in specialized providers with hardware, hypervisors and customer support web systems for configuration and administration.

For any of them you can install Pandora FMS Community edition. CentOS 7.x is recommended as operating system, 4 gigabytes in RAM memory and 20 gigabytes in free disk space, preferably Solid State Drive (SSD).

Access the command line as provided by your Cloud provider and execute:

curl -Ls | sh

For CentOS 8.x use:

curl -sL | sh

More information can be found in the video tutorial «How to install Pandora FMS in Cloud environments».

Pandora FMS Software Agent

To install only the Software Agent there is also a one line installation tool, it is compatible with Red Hat base OS (Fedora, Centos, etc) and Debian base OS (Ubuntu, DEvuan, Lubuntu, etc). More information can be found in the video tutorial «How to deploy Pandora FMS agent in Cloud environments».

The script support a series of environments variables to customize the installation, and just one of it is mandatory $PANDORA_SERVER_IP so to perform a standard installation in one line just execute:

export PANDORA_SERVER_IP=<PandoraServer IP or FQDN> && curl -Ls | bash

Optionally is possible to use another env variables to customize installation:

$PANDORA_REMOTE_CONFIG: Configure the remote config setting - '0' by default (disabled)

$PANDORA_AGENT_NAME: Configure the agent name setting - autogenerated by default

$PANDORA_AGENT_ALIAS: Configure the agent alias setting - hostname by default

$PANDORA_GROUP: Configure the agent group setting - 'Servers' by default

$PANDORA_SECONDARY_GROUPS: Configure the agent secondary groups setting - Empty by default

$PANDORA_DEBUG: Configure the debug setting - '0' by default (disabled)

$TIMEZONE : Configure the system timezone


  export PANDORA_SERVER_IP='' && \
  export PANDORA_AGENT_NAME='Agent_name' && \
  export PANDORA_AGENT_ALIAS='Agent alias' && \
  export PANDORA_GROUP='Servers' && \
  export PANDORA_SECONDARY_GROUPS='VMware,Web' && \
  curl -Ls | bash

This environment variables are used just in installation process, could be destroyed or change after installation without alter Pandora FMS Software Agent behavior.

Installation using ISO or "Software appliance"

Download the CD image from the download section of our website and burn the ISO image onto a DVD, or run the system from that file if you are using a virtualized system (XenServer, VMware®, Oracle VirtualBox®, Microsoft Hyper-V®, etc). There are CD images for both 32- and 64-bit installations.

The following screen will be displayed at the beginning of the boot process. If you do not press any key, the process will automatically load the Live CD, or you can press any key, select the Install Pandora FMS' option and press “enter” to start the installation.

The graphic installer will lead you step by step throughout the whole installation process. This installer is a standard installation process used by CentOS, and it is available in different languages.

It is a very easy process but special attention must be paid when:

  • Entering the superuser password (root).
  • When asked about the hard drive partitioning:

Select and configure all the necessary options to install, Date & Time, Keyboard and Installation Destination.

Remember to activate the network interface, or else it will need to activated manually after installation.

Activate the network interface and optionally change the hostname

When clicking the installation destination button, the partition process will start.

Select the disk where the installation will be performed and click on Done.

Select the partitioning, unless you have advanced knowledge use the option 'Click here to create them automatically'. Click Done.

Verify the created partitions and click on Done.

Accept Changes.

Click on Begin installation.

Here you can assign the root password and optionally create a user.

Now just wait until the process is finished and the system restarts automatically.

After removing the ISO image of the machine's startup so that the installer does not appear again, the recently installed CentOS system will be started and you will be able to use Pandora FMS with all the necessary dependencies for its correct operation.

Installing the ISO image using a USB Stick

To install the Pandora FMS appliance from a USB flash drive, follow these steps:

  • Download the Pandora FMS ISO image from the download section.
  • Download the program rufus to prepare your USB for the installation (
  • Insert the flash drive.
  • Start the program rufus.

  • Select the Pandora FMS ISO image.

  • Press START to start the creation of the Pandora FMS installation USB.

  • Your Pandora FMS installation USB device is ready

  • Connect the USB to the machine where you want to install Pandora FMS.
  • When starting the system, configure the BIOS to start first from USB.

The following screen should be displayed:

Select Installing from USB stick and continue the installation as described in the previous chapter.

Package installation for CentOS 7/8

More information can be found in the video tutorial «How to install pandora fms in centOS8?».

Repository configuration

Repository configuration on CentOS 8

To configure it it will be necessary to execute the following commands:

 dnf install -y \
    epel-release \
    tar \
    dnf-utils \
 dnf module reset php
 dnf module install -y php:remi-7.3
 yum config-manager --set-enabled PowerTools

(Note: In CentOS 8.3 it changes from PowerTools to powertools.)

Repository configuration in CentOS 7

Configure yum and the necessary repositories. Execute the following commands:

 yum install -y \
    tar \
    yum-utils \ \
 yum-config-manager --enable remi-php73

Database installation

Database installation on CentOS 8

It will also be necessary to install a database percona using the following commands:

 dnf install -y
 dnf module disable -y mysql
 rm -rf /etc/my.cnf
 dnf install -y Percona-Server-server-57
Database installation on CentOS 7

It will also be necessary to install a database percona using the following commands:

 yum install -y
 rm -rf /etc/my.cnf
 yum install -y Percona-Server-server-57

Dependency installation

Dependency installation on CentOS 8

Console dependencies

Once with dnf and percona installed we can start to install all the necessary dependencies for the console:

 dnf install -y \
    php \
    postfix \
    php-mcrypt \php-cli \
    php-gd \
    php-curl \
    php-session \
    php-mysqlnd \
    php-ldap \
    php-zip \
    php-zlib \
    php-fileinfo \
    php-gettext \
    php-snmp \
    php-mbstring \
    php-pecl-zip \
    php-xmlrpc \
    libxslt \
    wget \
    php-xml \
    httpd \
    mod_php \
    atk \
    avahi-libs \
    cairo \
    cups-libs \
    fribidi \
    gd \
    gdk-pixbuf2 \
    ghostscript \
    graphite2 \
    graphviz \
    gtk2 \
    harfbuzz \
    hicolor-icon-theme \
    hwdata \
    jasper-libs \
    lcms2 \
    libICE \
    libSM \
    libXaw \
    libXcomposite \
    libXcursor \
    libXdamage \
    libXext \
    libXfixes \
    libXft \
    libXi \
    libXinerama \
    libXmu \
    libXrandr \
    libXrender \
    libXt \
    libXxf86vm \
    libcroco \
    libdrm \
    libfontenc \
    libglvnd \
    libglvnd-egl \
    libglvnd-glx \
    libpciaccess \
    librsvg2 \
    libthai \
    libtool-ltdl \
    libwayland-client \
    libwayland-server \
    libxshmfence \
    mesa-libEGL \
    mesa-libGL \
    mesa-libgbm \
    mesa-libglapi \
    pango \
    pixman \
    xorg-x11-fonts-75dpi \
    xorg-x11-fonts-misc \
    poppler-data \

Phantomjs is a special component used to generate PDF graphs dynamically. Install it through the command:

dnf install -y

Server dependencies

Once console dependencies are installed, install those of the server:

 dnf install -y  GeoIP \
 GeoIP-GeoLite-data \
 dwz \
 efi-srpm-macros \
 ghc-srpm-macros \
 go-srpm-macros \
 ocaml-srpm-macros \
 openblas-srpm-macros \
 perl \
 perl-Algorithm-Diff \
 perl-Archive-Tar \
 perl-Archive-Zip \
 perl-Attribute-Handlers \
 perl-B-Debug \
 perl-CPAN \
 perl-CPAN-Meta \
 perl-CPAN-Meta-Requirements \
 perl-CPAN-Meta-YAML \
 perl-Compress-Bzip2 \
 perl-Config-Perl-V \
 perl-DBD-MySQL \
 perl-DBI \
 perl-DB_File \
 perl-Data-Dump \
 perl-Data-OptList \
 perl-Data-Section \
 perl-Devel-PPPort \
 perl-Devel-Peek \
 perl-Devel-SelfStubber \
 perl-Devel-Size \
 perl-Digest-HMAC \
 perl-Digest-SHA \
 perl-Encode-Locale \
 perl-Encode-devel \
 perl-Env \
 perl-ExtUtils-CBuilder \
 perl-ExtUtils-Command \
 perl-ExtUtils-Embed \
 perl-ExtUtils-Install \
 perl-ExtUtils-MM-Utils \
 perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker \
 perl-ExtUtils-Manifest \
 perl-ExtUtils-Miniperl \
 perl-ExtUtils-ParseXS \
 perl-File-Fetch \
 perl-File-HomeDir \
 perl-File-Listing \
 perl-File-Which \
 perl-Filter \
 perl-Filter-Simple \
 perl-Geo-IP \
 perl-HTML-Parser \
 perl-HTML-Tagset \
 perl-HTML-Tree \
 perl-HTTP-Cookies \
 perl-HTTP-Date \
 perl-HTTP-Message \
 perl-HTTP-Negotiate \
 perl-IO-HTML \
 perl-IO-Socket-INET6 \
 perl-IO-Zlib \
 perl-IO-stringy \
 perl-IPC-Cmd \
 perl-IPC-SysV \
 perl-IPC-System-Simple \
 perl-JSON \
 perl-JSON-PP \
 perl-LWP-MediaTypes \
 perl-Locale-Codes \
 perl-Locale-Maketext \
 perl-Locale-Maketext-Simple \
 perl-MRO-Compat \
 perl-Math-BigInt \
 perl-Math-BigInt-FastCalc \
 perl-Math-BigRat \
 perl-Memoize \
 perl-Module-Build \
 perl-Module-CoreList \
 perl-Module-CoreList-tools \
 perl-Module-Load \
 perl-Module-Load-Conditional \
 perl-Module-Loaded \
 perl-Module-Metadata \
 perl-NTLM \
 perl-Net-HTTP \
 perl-Net-Ping \
 perl-NetAddr-IP \
 perl-Package-Generator \
 perl-Params-Check \
 perl-Params-Util \
 perl-Perl-OSType \
 perl-PerlIO-via-QuotedPrint \
 perl-Pod-Checker \
 perl-Pod-Html \
 perl-Pod-Parser \
 perl-SelfLoader \
 perl-Socket6 \
 perl-Software-License \
 perl-Sub-Exporter \
 perl-Sub-Install \
 perl-Sys-Syslog \
 perl-Test \
 perl-Test-Harness \
 perl-Test-Simple \
 perl-Text-Balanced \
 perl-Text-Diff \
 perl-Text-Glob \
 perl-Text-Template \
 perl-Thread-Queue \
 perl-Time-Piece \
 perl-TimeDate \
 perl-Try-Tiny \
 perl-Unicode-Collate \
 perl-WWW-RobotRules \
 perl-XML-NamespaceSupport \
 perl-XML-Parser \
 perl-XML-SAX \
 perl-XML-SAX-Base \
 perl-XML-Simple \
 perl-XML-Twig \
 perl-autodie \
 perl-bignum \
 perl-devel \
 perl-encoding \
 perl-experimental \
 perl-inc-latest \
 perl-libnetcfg \
 perl-libwww-perl \
 perl-local-lib \
 perl-open \
 perl-perlfaq \
 perl-srpm-macros \
 perl-utils \
 perl-version \
 python-srpm-macros \
 python3-pyparsing \
 python3-rpm-macros \
 qt5-srpm-macros \
 redhat-rpm-config \
 rust-srpm-macros \
 systemtap-sdt-devel \
 perl-TermReadKey \
 perl \
 perl-DBD-MySQL \

After this, the following additional dependencies from different components must be installed from Pandora FMS public repository:

 dnf install -y
 dnf install -y
 dnf install -y

Although you see in the xprobe installation link that the package is within CentOS 7 repository, it works properly in both versions.

if necessary, add all Discovery dependencies for each section.

At this point you can continue with the configuration of the operating system and database by following this link

Dependency installation on CentOS 7

Console dependencies

Once with repositories and percona installed we can start to install all the necessary dependencies for the console:

 yum install -y \
    php \
    postfix \
    php-mcrypt \
    php-cli \
    php-gd \
    php-curl \
    php-session \
    php-mysqlnd \
    php-ldap \
    php-zip \
    php-zlib \
    php-fileinfo \
    php-gettext \
    php-snmp \
    php-mbstring \
    php-pecl-zip \
    php-xmlrpc \
    libxslt \
    wget \
    php-xml \
    httpd \
    mod_php \
    atk \
    avahi-libs \
    cairo \
    cups-libs \
    fribidi \
    gd \
    gdk-pixbuf2 \
    ghostscript \
    graphite2 \
    graphviz \
    gtk2 \
    harfbuzz \
    hicolor-icon-theme \
    hwdata \
    jasper-libs \
    lcms2 \
    libICE \
    libSM \
    libXaw \
    libXcomposite \
    libXcursor \
    libXdamage \
    libXext \
    libXfixes \
    libXft \
    libXi \
    libXinerama \
    libXmu \
    libXrandr \
    libXrender \
    libXt \
    libXxf86vm \
    libcroco \
    libdrm \
    libfontenc \
    libglvnd \
    libglvnd-egl \
    libglvnd-glx \
    libpciaccess \
    librsvg2 \
    libthai \
    libtool-ltdl \
    libwayland-client \
    libwayland-server \
    libxshmfence \
    mesa-libEGL \
    mesa-libGL \
    mesa-libgbm \
    mesa-libglapi \
    pango \
    pixman \
    xorg-x11-fonts-75dpi \
    xorg-x11-fonts-misc \
    poppler-data \

Phantomjs is a special component used to generate PDF graphs dynamically. Install if from Pandora FMS servers through the command:

yum install -y

Server dependencies

To install all dependencies necessary for the server execute the following commands:

 yum install -y \
    vim \
    fping \
    perl-IO-Compress \
    nmap \
    sudo \
    perl-Time-HiRes \
    nfdump \
    net-snmp-utils \
    epel-release \
    GeoIP \
    groff-base \
    initscripts \
    iproute \
    iptables \
    libmnl \
    libnetfilter_conntrack \
    libnfnetlink \
    libpcap \
    lm_sensors-libs \
    mailcap \
    make \
    mariadb-libs \
    net-snmp \
    net-snmp-agent-libs \
    net-snmp-libs \
    net-tools \
    nmap \
    nmap-ncat \
    openssl \
    perl \
    perl-Business-ISBN \
    perl-Business-ISBN-Data \
    perl-Carp \
    perl-Compress-Raw-Bzip2 \
    perl-Compress-Raw-Zlib \
    perl-DBD-MySQL \
    perl-DBI \
    perl-Data-Dumper \
    perl-Digest \
    perl-Digest-MD5 \
    perl-Encode \
    perl-Encode-Locale \
    perl-Exporter \
    perl-File-Listing \
    perl-File-Path \
    perl-File-Temp \
    perl-Filter \
    perl-Font-AFM \
    perl-Geo-IP \
    perl-Getopt-Long \
    perl-HTML-Format \
    perl-HTML-Parser \
    perl-HTML-Tagset \
    perl-HTML-Tree \
    perl-HTTP-Cookies \
    perl-HTTP-Daemon \
    perl-HTTP-Date \
    perl-HTTP-Message \
    perl-HTTP-Negotiate \
    perl-HTTP-Tiny \
    perl-IO-Compress \
    perl-IO-HTML \
    perl-IO-Socket-INET6 \
    perl-IO-Socket-IP \
    perl-IO-Socket-SSL \
    perl-IO-stringy \
    perl-JSON \
    perl-LWP-MediaTypes \
    perl-Mozilla-CA \
    perl-Net-Daemon \
    perl-Net-HTTP \
    perl-Net-LibIDN \
    perl-Net-SSLeay \
    perl-Net-Telnet \
    perl-NetAddr-IP \
    perl-PathTools \
    perl-PlRPC \
    perl-Pod-Escapes \
    perl-Pod-Perldoc \
    perl-Pod-Simple \
    perl-Pod-Usage \
    perl-Scalar-List-Utils \
    perl-Socket \
    perl-Socket6 \
    perl-Storable \
    perl-Sys-Syslog \
    perl-Text-ParseWords \
    perl-Time-HiRes \
    perl-Time-Local \
    perl-TimeDate \
    perl-URI \
    perl-WWW-RobotRules \
    perl-XML-NamespaceSupport \
    perl-XML-Parser \
    perl-XML-SAX \
    perl-XML-SAX-Base \
    perl-XML-Simple \
    perl-XML-Twig \
    perl-constant \
    perl-libs \
    perl-libwww-perl \
    perl-macros \
    perl-parent \
    perl-podlators \
    perl-threads \
    perl-threads-shared \
    sudo \
    systemd-sysv \
    sysvinit-tools \

And finally install the following additional dependencies too from our public repository:

 yum install -y
 yum install -y

OS settings and database creation

To configure Pandora FMS by packages in CentOS, it will be necessary to define first the following variables for any of the two systems and that we will use in the following steps:


After this point the installation for CentOS 7 and CentOS 8 is common for both systems, if there is any step that is not common the operating system for which it is valid will be indicated in bold

After previous steps, disable SELINUX and the firewall.

 setenforce 0
 sed -i -e "s/^SELINUX=.*/SELINUX=disabled/g" /etc/selinux/config
 systemctl disable firewalld --now

If you decide to use Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) with Pandora FMS, follow these instructions.

Then you may start configuring the database:

 systemctl start mysqld
 mysql -uroot -p$(grep "temporary password" /var/log/mysqld.log | rev | cut -d' ' -f1 | rev)
 SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('Pandor4!');
 UNINSTALL PLUGIN validate_password;
 SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('pandora');
 echo "create database $DBNAME" | mysql -uroot -ppandora -P$DBPORT -h$DBHOST
 echo "GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON $DBNAME.* TO \"$DBUSER\"@'%' identified by \"$DBPASS\"" | mysql -uroot -ppandora -P$DBPORT -h$DBHOST

Also generate the file my.cnf.

 POOL_SIZE=$(grep -i total /proc/meminfo | head -1 | awk '{print $(NF-1)*0.4/1024}' | sed s/\\..*$/M/g)
 cat> /etc/my.cnf <<EO_CONFIG_F
 # Disabling symbolic-links is recommended to prevent assorted security risks
 # Mysql optimizations for Pandora FMS
 # Please check the documentation in for better results
 max_allowed_packet = 64M
 innodb_buffer_pool_size = $POOL_SIZE
 innodb_lock_wait_timeout = 90
 innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit = 0
 innodb_flush_method = O_DIRECT
 innodb_log_file_size = 64M
 innodb_log_buffer_size = 16M
 innodb_io_capacity = 100
 thread_cache_size = 8
 thread_stack    = 256K
 max_connections = 100
 wait_timeout = 900
 query_cache_type = 1
 query_cache_size = 64M
 query_cache_min_res_unit = 2k
 query_cache_limit = 256K

Once the changes have been saved, it will be necessary to restart the mysqld service.

systemctl restart mysqld

Enable the services mysql, apache and php.

 systemctl enable mysqld --now
 systemctl enable httpd --now

If you use CentOS 8, execute:

systemctl enable php-fpm --now

Pandora FMS console and server installation

With all the environment ready, it's time to install Pandora FMS. The first thing will be to create a directory to store all the data.

mkdir $HOME/pandora && cd $HOME/pandora

It will be necessary to download the packages of the console, enterprise console and enterprise server from Sourceforge or the links provided by the support team.

In the OpenSource version:


With the packages already prepared, start the installation. In the case of the Enterprise console, you must have two more, the Enterprise console package and the Enterprise server package (which is a tarball file installed separate from RPM packages).

Package installation (after download):

yum install -y $HOME/pandora/pandorafms*.rpm

For Enterprise tarball, execute:

tar xvfz $HOME/pandora/pandorafms_server* && cd pandora_server && ./pandora_server_installer --install --ha; cd -

Once the process is finished, populate the database:

 mysql -u$DBUSER -p$DBPASS -P$DBPORT -h$DBHOST $DBNAME <$PANDORA_CONSOLE/pandoradb_data.sql

Then configure the console.

cat> $CONSOLE_PATH/include/config.php <<EO_CONFIG_F
\$config["dbtype"] = "mysql";
\$ownDir = dirname(__FILE__) . '/';
include (\$ownDir . "config_process.php");
 cat> /etc/httpd/conf.d/pandora.conf <<EO_CONFIG_F
 <Directory "/var/www/html">
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride All
    Require all granted
 sed -i -e "s/php_flag engine off//g" $PANDORA_CONSOLE/images/.htaccess
 sed -i -e "s/php_flag engine off//g" $PANDORA_CONSOLE/attachment/.htaccess
 chmod 600 $CONSOLE_PATH/include/config.php
 chown apache. $CONSOLE_PATH/include/config.php
 mv $CONSOLE_PATH/install.php $CONSOLE_PATH/install.done

Then prepare the file php.ini.

 sed -i -e "s/^max_input_time.*/max_input_time = -1/g" /etc/php.ini
 sed -i -e "s/^max_execution_time.*/max_execution_time = 0/g" /etc/php.ini
 sed -i -e "s/^upload_max_filesize.*/upload_max_filesize = 800M/g" /etc/php.ini
 sed -i -e "s/^memory_limit.*/memory_limit = 800M/g" /etc/php.ini
 cat> /var/www/html/index.html <<EOF_INDEX
 <meta HTTP-EQUIV="REFRESH" content="0; url=/pandora_console/">

If you use CentOS 8, execute in addition:

 systemctl restart php-fpm
 systemctl restart httpd

The server configuration file will be prepared:

 sed -i -e "s/^dbhost.*/dbhost $DBHOST/g" $PANDORA_SERVER_CONF
 sed -i -e "s/^dbname.*/dbname $DBNAME/g" $PANDORA_SERVER_CONF
 sed -i -e "s/^dbuser.*/dbuser $DBUSER/g" $PANDORA_SERVER_CONF
 sed -i -e "s|^dbpass.*|dbpass $DBPASS|g" $PANDORA_SERVER_CONF
 sed -i -e "s/^dbport.*/dbport $DBPORT/g" $PANDORA_SERVER_CONF

In the Enterprise version, enable the (HA) service.

 systemctl enable pandora_ha --now
 service tentacle_serverd start

In the Community version, pandora_ha service does not exist, so execute the following commands to enable the server:

 systemctl enable pandora_server --now
 systemctl start pandora_server
 service tentacle_serverd start

Enable the cron of the console:

echo "* * * * * root wget -q -O - --no-check-certificate>> /var/www/html/pandora_console/log/cron.log">> /etc/crontab

Then you may go to the CentOS server IP and enter Pandora FMS console and check the service is running properly:

With these steps we will have a basic installation of Pandora FMS. If necessary, all Discovery dependencies should be added for each section.

It is recommended to install the agent to automonitor the server.

License application

Pandora FMS Enterprise version is associated with an individual key for each installation. In order to use the Enterprise features and perform automatic updates of the console, it is necessary to enter the license number provided by Artica. From Pandora FMS version 748 on, the server is installed with a trial license valid for a maximum of 100 agents and one month of use.

If you want to expand this license, please contact your trusted commercial or fill in the following contact form

The Community version does not require any license for its use.

Installation by packages on RHEL 7/8

The installation of Pandora FMS on RHEL 7 and RHEL 8 systems is an Enterprise service. You can consult how to install on these systems by contacting your trusted commercial or by filling out the following contact form

Installation under Docker

We have an entry in the docker hub website explaining how to mount a Pandora FMS stack based on CentOS 8 step by step in the link:

It is also possible to install through a yaml file, as a quick installation method. The following explains how to perform this deployment via docker-compose.

First, you need to have installed in the system docker and docker compose, installation documentation:

Once installed, we will use the yaml file from the official PandoraFMS repository:

 mkdir $HOME/pandorafms; cd $HOME/pandorafms
 docker-compose -f $HOME/pandorafms/docker-compose.yml up

We wait a few seconds for the download and configuration of the environment. You can access to the PFMS console from the URL:

Use “admin” as user and “pandora” as password.

More information can be found in the video tutorial «How to install Pandora FMS in Docker».

Uninstalling Pandora FMS

Just execute the command

yum remove pandorafms_console pandorafms_server

If MySQL is installed but it is no longer needed, it can also be deleted with the same command:

yum remove Percona-Server*

Custom Installation

Manual Installation from Sources under Linux / UNIX / MAC OS

It will be necessary to install all dependencies installed depending of the OS, and then download the files in tarball format (.tar.gz,.tgz or .tar.bz2) and unzip them. To do it, locate the latest version of Pandora FMS and download the files from here:

Console Installation

Once you have opened the console zip file, follow these steps:

1. Acquire root privileges by entering:

su -

2. Copy to '/tmp' and execute:

 tar xvzf pandorafms_console-X.Y.tar.gz
 cd pandora_console
 ./pandora_console_install --install
Server Installation

Once you have opened the server zip file named pandorafms_server-3.0.0.tar.gz or similar, follow the steps described below:

1. Acquire root privileges. You are the only one responsible for said key:

su -

2. Copy it to a directory where you can unzip the file (in this example /tmp y used again) and execute:

 tar xvzf pandorafms_server-X.Y.tar.gz
 cd pandora_server
 ./pandora_server_installer --install

If you experience any dependency-related problems, fix them before attempting any installation. It might be possible to force the installation and ignore the problems with the dependencies, but Pandora FMS will not work properly in that case.

Server Manual Installation (from source code)

Alternatively to the general installation script, you can “compile” the Pandora FMS code through the Perl interpreter of your system. This process simply installs the minimum libraries and executables, but does not alter the boot script system, maintenance scripts, configuration or anything else that strictly concerns the application and its libraries. This process is recommended when the server code must be updated, but without overwriting its configuration.

To do it properly, unzip your server code to /tmp, as described in the previous step.

1. Acquire root privileges. You are the only one responsible for that key:

su -

2. Copy it to the directory where you are unzipping files (/tmp in this example) and once there, execute:

 tar xvzf pandorafms_server-X.Y.tar.gz
 cd pandora_server
 perl Makefile.PL
 make install

If any dependency is missing or there is another problem, the system will warn you. If you see a message similar to:

 Warning: prerequisiete Mail::Sendmail 0 not found
 Warning: prerequisiete Net::Traceroute::PurePerl 0 not found

It means that there are some Perl packages that Pandora FMS needs and that the system does not have them installed. Check the previous paragraphs to know how to install the necessary dependencies to be able to install Pandora FMS. However, you can temporarily ignore these warnings (that is why they are warnings and not errors) and force the installation. But you will surely have problems at one time or another since you are missing a component needed to function. However, if you know that the component that is not installed will not be used (e. g. traceroute is used exclusively for Pandora FMS Recon Server), you can continue without any problem.

After this process, these files are automatically copied:


And several .pm files (Perl libraries) that Pandora FMS needs. Those .pm libraries are copied to different directories, depending on the version of your distribution and distribution. For example in Ubuntu 9.04 they are copied to:


In SUSE/SLES 11 they are copied to:


Installing the Enterprise Version

To install the Enterprise version of Pandora FMS, install the packages “Open” of the Console and Server, and then add the packages “Enterprise” of each one. In the case of the Console use one package or another, depending on the installed distribution.

Enterprise Console Installation

To install the Enterprise Console by using the source code:

Once you have opened the console and arrived at the location of the compressed file named pandorafms_console_enterprise-X.X.tar.gz or similar, follow the steps mentioned bellow:

1. Acquire root privileges by entering:

su -

2. Copy it to a directory where you can unzip de file /tmp and then execute:

tar xvzf pandorafms_console-X.Xtar.gz

3. Later, copy it to the directory in which your Pandora FMS open-source console is installed.

cp -R enterprise /var/www/html/pandora_console

4. Just change the permissions in case the files are intended to get used by the web server user, e.g.:

chown -R apache /var/www/html/pandora_console/enterprise
Enterprise Server Installation

We are working on a beta version that will include upgrades in the Enterprise server. From 738 version on, it is advised to use Pandora FMS Enterprise server version E7. Version E6 should only be used in case of compatibility issues.

First, make sure the Open version of the server is installed. Then proceed to install the enterprise version in order to install the Enterprise Server.

Once you have the zip file with the server, named pandorafms_server_enterprise-X.X.tar.gz or similar, follow the steps mentioned below:

1. Acquire root privileges. You are the only one responsible for that key:

su -

2. Copy it to the directory where to unzip the files (/tmp in this example) and execute:

 tar xvzf pandorafms_server_enterprise-X.X.tar.gz
 cd pandora_server/
 # ./pandora_server_installer --install

If Pandora FMS Server Binary is not contained in the default directory /usr/bin, indicate the directory as follows:

# PREFIX=/usr/local ./pandora_server_installer --install

After installing, restart the server

/etc/init.d/pandora_server restart

From version NG 754 onwards, additional options are available for manual startup and shutdown of High Availability (HA) environments.

Then, the Enterprise Servers will be shown as enabled.

Do not restart the server until Pandora FMS Enterprise license key installation is completed, otherwise the server will not start and your monitoring service will be interrupted.

Installing on a different path

To install the Pandora FMS Server on a different path, specify it with the –destdir option:

./pandora_server_installer --install --destdir <path>

After the installation, configure the Pandora FMS server manually to run at startup and configure the database maintenance script, pandora_db, to run periodically. For example, on Linux (replace <destdir> with the actual path passed to –destdir):

 ln -s <destdir>/etc/init.d/pandora_server /etc/init.d/
 echo "\"<destdir>/usr/share/pandora_server/util/pandora_db\" \
 \"<destdir>/etc/pandora/pandora_server.conf\">/dev/null 2>&1"> /etc/cron.hourly/pandora_db

Installing with a non-privileged user

To install Pandora FMS server with a non-privileged user, launch the following command with the user you want to install.

./pandora_server_installer --install --no-root --destdir /opt/pandora

This user must have writing permissions on the path that is passed to –destdir.

Pandora FMS Agent Installation

Agent Requirements

The agent can run on any computer with the minimum required operating system, either of the following:

Component Operating System
Pandora Agent 4.0 or above RedHat Enterprise (RHEL) 6.x
CentOS 6.x
SLES 11 SP1 or above
OpenSUSE 11.x or above
Debian 5.x or above.
Ubuntu 11 or above.
HPUX B.11.11 or above, with Perl 5.8.
AIX 4.3.3 or above, with Perl 5.8.
BSD Systems (NetBSD, OpenBSD, FreeBSD), with Perl 5.8.
MacOSX 10.6 or higher.
Solaris 8 or above, with Perl 5.8.
Windows NT4 (see special notes for this section).
Windows XP
Windows 2000
Windows 2003
Windows 2008
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 2012
Pandora Android Agent 2.0 or above Android 6 or above
Pandora Embedded Agent 4.0 or above Embedded devices, requires compiling

There is a special agent for Windows NT, which is basically the Unix agent compiled for Windows, although performance is much lower than that of a native Windows agent and native API access features are not present.

In UNIX environments, the following must also be installed:

  • Perl 5.8 or above
  • It will be necessary to install the following dependencies:

Installing the agent in Centos8

Dependency installation:

 yum install dnf-plugins-core -y
 yum config-manager --set-enabled powertools -y
 yum install -y perl-YAML-Tiny perl-Sys-Syslog unzip

Agent installation:

yum install -y

Installing the agent in Centos7

Dependency installation:

 yum install dnf-plugins-core -y
 yum install -y perl-YAML-Tiny perl-Sys-Syslog unzip

Agent installation:

yum install -y

Installing the agent from tarball

This agent version is ready for installation on any Unix/Linux/MAC OS system.

The agent does not require compilation nor preparation, once the agent is downloaded in. tar. gz format.

1. Acquire root privilges

su -

2. Copy it to /tmp and execute:

 tar xvzf pandorafms_X.Y_unix.tar.gz
 cd unix
 ./pandora_agent_installer --install

3. Start the agent manually:

/etc/init.d/pandora_agent_daemon start

Custom installation

The agent can be installed in a directory defined by the user in an “integral” way, this means that all the files of the agent will be put in that directory: logs, configuration files, binaries, man pages, etc.

To use that method, simply run it as the following example:

./pandora_agent_installer --install /opt/pandora

The only file that Pandora FMS will create outside this user-defined directory is the agent launcher in /etc/init. d/pandora_agent_daemon (or equivalent in other Unix systems), and the link in the directory of the system's boot level, for example /etc/rc. d/rc2. d/S90pandora_agent_daemon.

Moreover, the installation can be configured so that instead of running the agent with root user, it can run with another user. For example, for the agent to run with the Pandora FMS user, it would be:

./pandora_agent_installer --install /home/pandora pandora

When a custom user is specified, the agent must be installed in a custom location where the user has writing permissions (/home/pandora in the previous example).

The user pandora is deactivated by default, you must enable it by entering a valid shell in /etc/passwd if you want to use it to run the agent with that user.

For users with MAC OS X 10.11 or higher (The Captain or newer): Apple has added a new security layer on OS X. Some root privileges have disappeared. When installing the Pandora FMS Agent, it will appear as a restricted process. Only restricted processes that are signed by Apple can modify these files. However, you can disable this security system by booting into recovery mode and deactivating it on a terminal by doing: csrutil disable.

Agent installation in NetBSD and FreeBSD

The file location and startup script structure are different from Linux.

The particulars of FreeBSD will be discussed later on.

To install the agent, download the agent tarball file and follow the instructions below:

1. Acquire root priviledges

su -

2. Copy it to /tmp and inside /tmp execute:

 tar xvzf pandorafms_X.Y_unix.tar.gz
 cd unix
 ./pandora_agent_installer --install

After installation, add the following line to /etc/rc.conf.


To enable Pandora FMS agent, these settings are needed, otherwise the process cannot be started.

If you want to start the agent manually, execute this:

/usr/local/etc/rc.d/pandora_agent start



Boot Script :


Configuration file:




Man pages:



The ''data_in'' and ''log'' directories are the same as those of Linux.

Agent installation in Windows

The agent is delivered as an installer in executable format (.exe). The basic installation performs all the necessary steps and it is only necessary to accept all the options.

To install the Pandora FMS agent in Windows®, you only need to download and run it. The installer will guide you through the necessary steps in the language you select. The following example shows the installation for Windows 10®, remember that Pandora FMS works on any modern Microsoft® platform (2000 or higher). It also has 32 and 64 bit versions. If you execute Windows as standard user, you will need administrator permissions; enter them when executing the installer.

Select language:

Follow the steps of the installer:

Acept Terms and Conditions and click Next:

Select the path where the Pandora FMS agent will be installed (by default it is installed in c:/program files/pandora_agent), but you can change it by clicking on Browse…, and then Next:

Wait for the files to be copied.

Configure the data for the agent as the IP address (or name) of the Pandora FMS server that will receive the agent data. In order to be able to change other parameters, such as the agent name (by default it takes the hostname value of the machine) or the path of the temporary files, you will have to manually edit the agent configuration.

Start Pandora FMS agent service, otherwise you will have to do it manually, or it will start when Windows restarts again.

The installation is finished. You can change the agent parameters in the file pandora_agent.conf or through the direct link in the PandoraFMS menu.

Unattended Windows Agent Installation

Starting with the agent's VERSION 5.1, the installer supports unattended mode. To perform the installation, simply run the following:

"Pandora FMS Windows Agent v7.0NG.VERSION-BUILD_ARCH.exe" /S

In case you want to install the agent in a different path than the default one:

"Pandora FMS Windows Agent v7.0NG.VERSION-BUILD_ARCH.exe" /S /D=C:\Agent_Pandora

You can also pass certain parameters so that they are written in the configuration file of the agent to be created. Thanks to these options, the deployment of Pandora FMS agents is much more customizable. The options per command line that are supported are the following:

  • –ip> It corresponds to the token server_ip.
  • –group> It corresponds to the tokengroup.
  • –alias> It corresponds to the tokenagent_alias.

For example, if you want to create an agent that belongs to the groupApplications, with the name Mifunne and that points to the server with the IP, the command would be:

“Pandora FMS Windows Agent v7.0NG.VERSION-BUILD_ARCH.exe” /S –ip –group Applications –alias Mifunne

Unattended Uninstallation

The uninstaller that is an executable named uninstall. exe in the Pandora FMS installation directory also enables the unattended uninstaller, to do it, run the uninstaller with the option /S .

For example, assuming that Pandora FMS is installed in the default path:

c:\program files\pandora_agent

You should execute:

“c:\program files\pandora_agent\uninst.exe” /S

Using PandoraAgent.exe from the command line

If you run pandoraagent.exe –help, it will show you something similar to this:

C:\Program Files\pandora_agent>pandoraagent.exe --help
Pandora agent for Windows. Version 7.0NG.752(Build 210223)
Usage: pandoraagent.exe [OPTION]

Available options are:
        --install:  Install the Pandora Agent service.
        --uninstall: Uninstall the Pandora Agent service.
        --test-ssh: Test the SSH Pandora Agent configuration.
        --test-ftp: Test the FTP Pandora Agent configuration.
        --process: Run the Pandora Agent as a user process instead of a service.
C:\Program Files\pandora_agent>

To install the service (if it is not installed), just run the following inside the directory where the executable is located (usually C:\Program Files or equivalent).

pandoraagent.exe –install

This will prompt the service on the machine, based on the path where the .exe is located.

To check whether it connects through SSH with Pandora FMS server:

 C:\Windows\system32>cd %PROGRAMFILES%

 C:\Program Files>cd pandora_agent

 C:\Program Files\pandora_agent>PandoraAgent.exe --test-ssh
 Public key file C:\Program Files\pandora_agent\key\ exists.
 Private key file: C:\Program Files\pandora_agent\key\id_dsa exists.
 Connecting with
 Authentication successful.
 Host fingerprint:
 Created a blank XML file in C:\Program
 Remote copying C:\Program Files\pandora_agent\temp\ssh.test on server at /var/spool/pandora/data_in/ssh.test
 Successfuly file copied to remote host
 Successfuly disconnected from remote host
 The SSH test was successful!

If you want to uninstall it, the process is the same but using:

pandoraagent.exe --uninstall

Pandora FMS Windows Agent as a process

It possible, for debugging, testing and other unusual circumstances, execute the agent in “Process” mode. This is done by running it from the command line:

pandoraagent.exe --process

There are some limitations in the execution of the process mode, since Pandora FMS is meant to run as a service and under the user SYSTEM. If you run it with another user without privileges, there will be features that will not work properly.