How To Integrate Opsview with PagerDuty


Opsview is a fork of the popular Nagios monitoring system. As such, the process for integrating it with your PagerDuty account is similar to the process for configuring Nagios.

By integrating PagerDuty into your existing Nagios monitoring solution, you can have Nagios alerts go directly to the the right person who can solve the issue.

Setting up the PagerDuty / Opsview integration

In PagerDuty:

If you don’t already have a PagerDuty “Nagios” service, you should create one:

  1. In your account, under the Services tab, click “Add New Service”.
  2. Enter a name for the service and select an escalation policy.
  3. Start typing “Opsview” under “Integration Type” to filter your choices. Then, click the “Add Service” button.Opsview
  4. Once the service is created, you’ll be taken to the service page. On this page, you’ll see the “Service API key”, which will be needed when you configure your Nagios server to send events to PagerDuty.

On Your Server

  1. Install the necessary Perl dependencies:
    aptitude install libwww-perl libcrypt-ssleay-perl


    yum install perl-libwww-perl perl-Crypt-SSLeay
  2. Download and copy it to /usr/local/nagios/libexec/notifications.
            cp /usr/local/nagios/libexec/notifications
  3. Make sure the file is executable by the nagios user.
    chmod 755 /usr/local/nagios/libexec/notifications/
  4. Enable environment variable macros in /usr/local/nagios/configs/Master Monitoring Server/nagios.cfg (if not enabled already).
  5. Edit the nagios user’s crontab.
    crontab -u nagios -e
  6. Add the following line to the crontab.
    * * * * * /usr/local/nagios/libexec/notifications/ flush

In Opsview:

  1. Go to your Opsview web management interface.
  2. Go to Advanced > Notification Methods.
  3. Click on the + icon.
  4. Fill out the form as follows (Make sure that you enter PAGERDUTY_SERVICE_KEY and not your actual service key in the Contact Variables field).
    Note:  If you are using Opsview 4 or greater, you will want to change the command to the following.  Swap out PAGERDUTY_SERVICE_KEY with your service API key: enqueue -f CONTACTPAGER="PAGERDUTY_SERVICE_KEY"
  5. Click on Submit Changes.
  6. Go to Configuration > Contacts.
  7. Click on the + icon.
  8. Fill out the form as follows (password can be anything):
  9. Click on Notifications.
  10. Enter your Service API Key into the box that states: Required for PagerDuty. Your service key can be found under Services > (Your service name) > Integration Settings > Service API key.
  11. Click on Submit and Edit Notification Profiles.
  12. Click on the + icon.
  13. Enter the name “pagerduty” and check the pagerduty box under the “Notify by:” section. Leave all other settings as the defaults.
  14. Click on Submit Changes.
  15. Click on the “Configuration status” link (found above the menus) and then click “Reload Configuration” button to force OpsView generate all Nagios configuration files.

You’ve now added Opsview notifications to PagerDuty.


How do I setup Opsview to work with multiple PagerDuty services?

This is easy to do with the current integration, as a Nagios Service in PagerDuty is directly mapped to a contact. By default, this contact is named “pagerduty” and defined Configuration > Contacts.

In order to setup multiple services, just duplicate the existing contact definition and rename it (i.e. pagerduty_database, pagerduty_network, etc.). Then copy and paste the corresponding API Key from PagerDuty into the “pager” field. Don’t forget to restart your Nagios for the changes to take effect.

What if a Opsview event happens while my network is down?

If a PagerDuty server can’t be reached for any reason, events will be stored to an on-disk queue. The installed cron job will attempt to re-send the events at one minute interval.

If a PagerDuty server can’t be reached for any reason, events will be stored to disk and the at one minute intervals.

Since Opsview needs my external Internet connection to send failure reports to PagerDuty, how will I receive notification if our site loses external connectivity?

You should configure an external ping check service to monitor your site’s external connectivity. Of course, you can use PagerDuty to forward alerts from these services.

It doesn’t seem to be working. What’s going on?

Check the syslog for messages from “pagerduty_nagios”. On most systems:

grep pagerduty_nagios /var/log/syslog


Please contact us if you’re unable to sort out the difficulty.

What sort of Nagios messages does PagerDuty understand?

PagerDuty can process PROBLEM, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, and RECOVERY messages. All other messages, including FLAPPINGSTART and FLAPPINGSTOP, are ignored. If you’d like PagerDuty to process additional Nagios messages, please let us know!