Alternative: “How to teach Zabbix to send problem notifications directly to the desktop”

    Notification example

    In the wake of the article from Ilya ( ableev ) I want to talk about a different approach for notifications from the Zabbix monitoring system on the desktop. For the last 3 months I have been using the zabbix vue browser extension . From me, only a translation into Russian came to this project, so this is not an advertisement, an extension for free, no bookmarks or anything else (at the end of the article there will be a link to the githab of this extension). The extension is for chrome-like browsers and firefox. Unlike the solutions presented in the Badoo article, browser extensions work on all Linux, Macs, Windows and even exotic chromOS. A small comparison under the cut.

    Mechanics work


    Expansion Settings

    This is how all the extension settings look. You do not need to do anything on the server side, you specify the server address, login, password and everything, notifications start to fall. Unlike solutions that are presented in another article, the setup is simplified as much as possible. Button to check the correctness of the specified data in the form of a "refresh" symbol. There are also additional filters (for example, by level of importance) for setting which triggers to show, so as not to litter all the notifications. Of the minuses, I can immediately notice that chrome does not synchronize the parameters of extensions, so that you have to manually configure each time on several computers or when reinstalling the OS. Well, the interface in the extension and its settings are not aesthetically pleasing to me delight.

    I can not fail to notice one important nuance. In the extension, you can add more than one zabbiks server to receive notifications and view problems. Hello bad, and organizations to outsourcers, well, to all others who have more than one server.

    For chrome, there is a setting in the flags which type of notification to use - built in chrome or system for your OS. Well, in chrome, there is also a setting for background processes, which allows extensions to work even with the browser window closed.

    Receive notifications

    The essence of the extension is simple, it knocks on api in zabbiks and collects data, it skips all displayed notifications and displays new ones. Let me remind you that for users you can limit the hosts and groups of hosts that they can see in zabbiks. Thereby, separation of rights is achieved. In alternative ways, you need to create an action that will pull some script on the zabbiks server so that it in one way or another sends a notification to the application you have. The division of rights is, of course, dubious, in this I support Illya, but I would not, without a weighty advantage, refuse this functionality. Well, with abundant use of api, it seriously loads the database. Against the background of heavy loads of not very high-speed api, the use of browser expansion also raises the question of expediency, instead of such good ones,


    When discussing this extension in the Russian telegram channel on zabbiksu, someone noticed that the audit generated constant messages about the login, and this is actually terrible. After a brief investigation, the culprit was found, this is a zabbix-notifier from gigacom. Also browser extensions, but only for chrome. The essence of the problem is as follows: during authorization by api, your action is recorded in the audit log in zabbiks, and the extension from gigacom did not use the token received during the first authorization, but simply logged in continuously, which, in fact, blocked the audit log. Zabbix vue, when re-accessed, constantly uses the token, until it becomes rotten (determined by the response from the API). If the token is rotten, then it makes the relogin and so on in a circle.


    Firefox extension
    Chrome extension
    Page on Zabbix Share
    Github repository extension.

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