monitoring setup - How to Monitor Port and Website with Open Source

How to Monitor Port and Website with Open Source

Geek Flare Blog post is sponsored by Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner.

Application uptime is crucial for business operation and as Infrastructure support, you must be equipped with the required monitoring tool for proactive action.

If you are working in a large organization then most probably you will have some enterprise tool, which you are obliged to use it.

However, for small to medium business – you may think of having Open Source as a free solution for Web URL & Ports monitoring.

In this article, I will talk about how to monitor URL and Service Ports with Open Source tool based on PHP – “PHP Server Monitor.”

Some of the monitoring possibilities

  • Monitor Web URL
  • Monitor Port number
  • Search for string on website and mark down if not found
  • Option to try for configured threshold before alerting
  • Define response timeout value
  • Trigger email when down
  • Send SMS when down
  • Notify using


  • Web Server – Apache, Nginx (I will consider Apache for this demo)
  • PHP 5.3.7+, PHP-MySQL
  • MySQL
  • CURL

If you already have pre-requisite on your server including Database, then you may jump to “Install PHP Server Monitor” section below.

Install Apache, PHP, MySQL, CURL

  • Login into server where you intend to setup the monitoring
  • Open the SSH Terminal
  • Execute below yum command to install
 yum install httpd php mysql-server curl php-mysql
  • Start Apache & MySQL services
service mysqld start
service httpd start

Setup Database

It requires a database to store the monitoring matrix. Let’s start setting up MySQL by creating a database, user & password. If it’s fresh MySQL installation, then it’s recommended to go through securing procedure by executing

  • Follow the instruction on screen. Actually, you can have Y for all.
  • Restart MySQL service

It’s time to create the database and grant the privileges.

[[email protected] yum.repos.d]# mysql -u root -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 2
Server version: 5.1.73 Source distribution
Copyright (c) 2000, 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.
mysql> create database CHANDAN;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> create user [email protected];
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> set password for [email protected]=PASSWORD("CHANDAN");
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> grant all privileges on CHANDAN.* to [email protected] identified by 'CHANDAN';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> flush privileges;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> exit
[[email protected] yum.repos.d]#

For demo purpose, I have kept username, password & database as “CHANDAN”. Please change it accordingly.

Install PHP Server Monitor

You may create a new folder “monitoring” under /opt to keep the tool package.

Or you can directly pull the zip file from server using wget command

  • unzip the downloaded zip file
  • Copy the extracted folder to your Apache DocumentRoot. If installed at default location then it would be /var/www/html
cp –rp phpservermon-3.1.1 /var/www/html
  • Let’s rename the folder from phpservermon-3.1.1 to monitoring (this is optional though)
 mv phpservermon-3.1.1 monitoring

Let’s begin installation by accessing web server URL with monitoring URI. If you were doing on localhost, then it would be http://localhost/monitoring/install.php

  • Click on “Let’s go”


  • Enter the database information
  • Click on “Save configuration”


  • Enter user details to create account for Monitor Administration
  • Click on “Install”


  • It will take few seconds and you will see “SUCCESS” confirmation.


Great, so now your “PHP Server Monitor” setup is done and it’s time to configure some monitoring.

  • Click on “Go to your monitor”
  • Enter the username and password and click on “Login”


You will be redirected to “Status” page where you will see pre-defined two monitoring. Don’t worry – you can delete them.


  • Let’s setup a URL monitoring. Click on “Servers” menu on top
  • Click on “Add new”


  • Enter the required information and click on “Save”


  • You will notice newly added monitoring is displayed under “Status” page.


Configure cronjob

To have status updated periodically, cronjob must be running. You can run them every 5 minutes or whatever suits you. You may refer my article on setting up crontab if not sure.

*/05 * * * * root /usr/bin/php /var/www/html/monitoring/cron/status.cron.php

This great tool also gives you Latency (average) and uptime report in a graph by an hour, day or week.

  • Go to Status and click on the desired label


Go ahead and add some monitoring to get notified when something goes down.

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