Setting up cacti on debian 8.6.0 and adding weathermap.

I’m assuming you already have a running debian system, ¬†i won’t go into explaining how to install debian this time.

First we update the sytem and install apache2, php5, mysql and mysql-server.

apt-get install apache2 php5 mysql-client mysql-server

You will be asked to change the password for the root mysql user, remember this ūüėČ

now install the php5-myql plugin, snmp, unzip, rrd tools and snmp tools

apt-get install php5-mysql php5-snmp rrdtool snmp snmpd unzip

now change directories to the /var/www/html folder and download the latest cacti version, in my case it’s¬†


unpack the file using tar xzvf cacti-0.8.8h.tar.gz and move the folder to cacti with mv cacti-0.8.8h cacti

now, go into the cacti folder and create the database

mysqladmin –user=root -p create cacti

import the database

mysql –user=root -p cacti < cacti.sql

Create the database user and password

mysql –user=root -p mysql
flush privileges;

change the username and password in your config file, nano -w include/config.php

now make sure the rights are set correctly with chown -R www-data rra/ log/

add the crontab in /etc/crontab

*/5 * * * * www-data php /var/www/html/cacti/poller.php > /dev/null 2>&1

Restart apache2 and mysql

service apache2 restart
service mysql restart

now point your browser at http://ipaddress/cacti

you should be seeing the install screen for cacti, everything should be green and in the end you can login using admin/admin and change the password afterwards.

Now, after that we can add the weathermap plugin, i like this plugin because it makes it really easy to see where your network is congested. For example, check out’s weathermap here¬†

The releases for the network weathermap are available on github here

for me the last one available is 0.98, download the file to the cacti/plugins folder


and unzip file file using unzip

change the rights to www-data using chown -R www-data weathermap

go to cacti in your favorite browser and click plugin management, you should see weathermap there. click on the blue arrow and then the green one to enable the plugin. Done!