Debian / Ubuntu Linux: Install and Configure snmpd Service

by on February 1, 2010 · 19 comments· LAST UPDATED February 2, 2010


SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) is a protocol used for network management. How do I install SNMP server under Debian or Ubuntu Linux to configure various monitoring service?

The NET-SNMP project provides various SNMP tools: an extensible agent, an SNMP library, tools for requesting or setting information from SNMP agents, tools for generating and handling SNMP traps, a version of the netstat command which uses SNMP, and a Tk/Perl mib browser. The snmpd package contains the snmpd and snmptrapd daemons, documentation, etc.

Install snmpd

Type the following command as root, enter:
# apt-get update && apt-get install snmpd

Snmpd Configuration Files

The default configuration for snmpd is rather paranoid for security reasons. Edit /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf or run snmpconf to allow greater access. You can individually control whether or not snmpd and snmpdtrap are run by editing /etc/default/snmpd.

Configure SNMPD

Edit /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf, enter:
# vi /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf
Edit or update file as follows:

rocommunity setMeHere
com2sec local     localhost           public
group MyRWGroup v1         local
group MyRWGroup v2c        local
group MyRWGroup usm        local
view all    included  .1                               80
access MyRWGroup ""      any       noauth    exact  all    all    none
com2sec notConfigUser  default       mrtg
group   notConfigGroup v1           notConfigUser
group   notConfigGroup v2c           notConfigUser
view    systemview    included   .
view    systemview    included   .
view    systemview    included  .1                               80
access  notConfigGroup ""      any       noauth    exact  systemview none none
syslocation Mumbai, IN (VSNL LB3)
syscontact Vivek Gite <>

See snmpd.conf(5) man page for details. Edit /etc/default/snmpd, enter:
# /etc/default/snmpd
Update it as follows:

# This file controls the activity of snmpd and snmptrapd
# MIB directories.  /usr/share/snmp/mibs is the default, but
# including it here avoids some strange problems.
export MIBDIRS=/usr/share/snmp/mibs
# snmpd control (yes means start daemon).
# snmpd options (use syslog, close stdin/out/err).
# replace 204.x.y.z with your public IP
SNMPDOPTS='-Lsd -Lf /dev/null -u snmp -I -smux -p /var/run/ 204.x.y.z'
# snmptrapd control (yes means start daemon).  As of net-snmp version
# 5.0, master agentx support must be enabled in snmpd before snmptrapd
# can be run.  See snmpd.conf(5) for how to do this.
# snmptrapd options (use syslog).
TRAPDOPTS='-Lsd -p /var/run/'
# create symlink on Debian legacy location to official RFC path

Restart Snmpd Service

Type the following command:
# /etc/init.d/snmpd restart
Sample outputs:

Restarting network management services: snmpd.

Firewall Configuration

Here is a sample firewall config file:

# set shell vars
# DROP and close everything all incoming traffic
# Allow Full Outgoing connection but no incoming stuff by default
# Unlimited lo access
### Open port 161 ###
$IPT -A INPUT -i ${PUB_IF} -s ${SNMPD_CLIENT} -d ${SNMPD_SERVER} -p udp --dport 161 -j ACCEPT
### rest of iptables goes here ###

Test It

From local or remote system type the following command:
# snmpwalk -v 1 -c mrtg 204.x.y.z IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex
Sample outputs:

IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex. = INTEGER: 2
IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex. = INTEGER: 1
IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex.204.xx.yy.zz = INTEGER: 3


  1. man pages - iptables, snmpd, snmpd.conf, apt-get
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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Philippe Petrinko February 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Nice topic,
Title typo: Debain => Debian


2 nixCraft February 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm


Thank you.


3 Keith M April 21, 2010 at 2:31 am

Great post, easy steps, was up in minutes. Thanks Vivek!


4 antonio November 22, 2010 at 7:49 am

works great, thanks


5 Johnny December 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm


I’m looking to modify the snmpd.conf file so that I receive email notification when a printer toner is low

SNMPv2-SMI::mib- = STRING: “The machine has determined that the Toner’s capacity is low. User intervention is required to replace the Toner to avoid an interruption of print service. Printing is available.

Any ideas how this might be achieved?



6 Dirck Copeland January 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Is there a SNMP version 3 (secure) for ubuntu?


7 thefix0r January 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm

doesnt work, I made both my configuration files exactly how you demonstrated and this is what I get
root@ubuntu:~# /etc/init.d/snmpd restart
* Restarting network management services: [ OK ]
root@ubuntu:~# snmpwalk -Os -c mycommunity -v 1 localhost system
Timeout: No Response from localhost


8 nosebreaker January 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

In newer versions of ubuntu snmpd is on localhost only, you have to modify /etc/default/snmpd and on the SNMPDOPTS parameter, remove the parameter. If you use smux (like with nagios), also remove -smux.


9 fayez June 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

does any one know how to install snmp throught the configure command and maybe explain a bit about the Export PATH=:$PATH…………
P.S. I am new at this ..sorry!


10 nido August 17, 2011 at 7:23 am

I installed it and it is working ..
what is the issue that you are facing ?


11 Richard Maynard July 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

In squeeze the interface bindings are controlled via /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf not /etc/default/snmpd


# Listen for connections from the local system only
agentAddress udp:
# Listen for connections on all interfaces (both IPv4 *and* IPv6)
#agentAddress udp:161,udp6:[::1]:161


12 damien September 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm

thanks… i passed a long day before finding your site!
Merci beaucoup!


13 fred September 19, 2011 at 9:20 am

SNMP is a great tool, but does exist a way in order to add a user specific OID (modifyng the tree)?
Ex.: Users logged (as a STRING for the user account)



14 mrinmoy roy November 25, 2011 at 4:17 am

Hi All ,

This is a great site and I got a lot of help through this site …Thank you all …But i have a problem …I install Opennms in windows and installed snmp in ubuntu …My target is that I want to run a mib file …How to create and run a mib file…Please help me ..Thanking you in advance….


15 Mark Thomas May 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm

This was very helpful. I striggled (and struggled!) with this for some time. for some reason one of my Ubuntu servers was different on the snmp side or I didn’t follow the same path on this attempt as I did on the first. The Ubunter Server versions were different 10.10 was my first success and 11.10 was the one I was having a problem with.
The problem was /etc/default/snmpd
Now along with my other servers this one can now join the ranks of being monitored by Nagios!
Thanks again.


16 srinivas August 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm

How can i get gateway using snmp


17 Muharrem May 3, 2014 at 9:23 am

# Snmpwalk-v 1-c mrtg IP-MIB :: ipadentıfındex I command we wrote this in my error message is coming.

Error: MIB search path: /root/.snmp/mibs:/usr/share/mibs/site:/usr/share/snmp/mibs:/usr/share/mibs/iana:/usr/share/mibs/ietf:/usr/share/mibs/netsnmp
Can not find module (IP-MIB): At line 0 in (none)
IP-MIB :: ipadentifindex: Unknown Object Identifier

It’s because I’m new like you wrote the script above, I did not know where and how Run for me I did not do. This error can be caused due from him?

Can you be helping me in this matter?


18 ati May 8, 2014 at 6:55 am

MIB search path: /root/.snmp/mibs:/usr/share/mibs/site:/usr/share/snmp/mibs:/usr/share/mibs/iana:/usr/share/mibs/ietf:/usr/share/mibs/netsnmp
Cannot find module (IP-MIB): At line 0 in (none)
IP-MIB::ipAdEntIfIndex: Unknown Object Identifier
root@atish-ThinkPad-Edge-E530c:~# cat -iptables
cat: invalid option — ‘i’
Try `cat –help’ for more information.


19 magik July 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

Works great, thank you.


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