Uptime & Heartbeat Monitors
Zabbix 4.4+ Integration
The iLert Zabbix Integration helps you to easily connect iLert with Zabbix.

System Requirements

Are you using Zabbix 4.3 or lower? Please refer to our Zabbix 2.2 - 4.3 Integration guide.
  • Zabbix 4.4+

In iLert: Create an alert source

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    Go to Alert sources and click on Add a new alert source.
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    Set a name (e.g. "Zabbix") and select your desired escalation policy.
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    Set the Integration type to Zabbix.
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    An API key is generated on the next page. You will need the API key below when creating an iLert user in Zabbix.

In Zabbix

Import iLert media type (optional as of Zabbix 5.0.4)

Are you using Zabbix 5.0.4 or higher?
You can skip this section, if you're using Zabbix 5.0.4+, because as of Zabbix 5.0.4, the iLert media type is included in the distribution Zabbix.
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    Download the iLert Zabbix Media Type file from the Zabbix repository
curl -o media_ilert.xml \
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    Go to the Administration β†’ Media types tab and click the Import button.
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    Select import file media_ilert.xml and click the Import button at the bottom to import the iLert media type.
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    Optional: Go to Media types and open the imported iLert media type. You can overwrite the default alert summary with a custom template using the .ILERT.INCIDENT.SUMMARY variable e.g. {TRIGGER.NAME}: {TRIGGER.STATUS} for {HOST.HOST}
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    Click on the Update button to save the media type.

Create iLert user and group

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    Go to the Administration β†’ User groups tab and click on the Create user group button.
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    Set the name for the iLert group (eg. "iLert group").
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    Switch to the Permissions tab and select the host groups that the iLert group should have read access to, for sending notifications. Without read access, iLert cannot receive notifications for the hosts in the group (see also here).
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    Click the Add button to save the group.
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    Switch to the Users tab and click on the Create user button.
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    Assign an alias and name and add the user to the iLert group. No further details such as a password are required as this user will not log in to Zabbix.
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    Switch to the Media tab and click on the Add link
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    In the media window, select iLert as Type
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    In the Send to field enter the alert source api key that you generated in iLert
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    Click the Add button
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    Click the Add button in the Users tab to save the user.

Create alert action

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    Switch to the Configuration β†’ Actions tab and click the Create action button
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    Give the action a name, eg "iLert notifications".
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    Perform the following actions on the Operations, Recovery operations and Acknowledgment operations tabs
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    Change the default subject and default message if you want.
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    Click on the New link under Operations and select the iLert group created above under Send to User groups.
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    Click the Add button to save the action


Are alerts automatically resolved in iLert?
Yes, as soon as the status of an alert is OK in Zabbix, the associated alert will be resolved in iLert.
Can I link Zabbix to multiple alert sources in iLert?
Yes, create several iLert users in Zabbix and store the corresponding API key in the user Send To field.
What if my internet connection is lost? Are the events generated in Zabbix lost?
No events are lost. The zabbix server tries to send the events to iLert every 30 seconds with 10 attempts (can be configured in media type settings). As soon as your connection is available again, all events are sent to iLert. We also recommend that you monitor your Internet connection with an external monitoring service. You can then send these alerts to iLert too.
The plugin does not work. How do I find the issue?
Please look at the Problems View in Zabbix under the actions column first. If you can not find the error, please contact our support at [email protected].

Further References

This blog post in the Zabbix blog outlines how to use Zabbix and iLert with multiple on-call teams, where each team is responsible for a set of host groups in Zabbix, and therefore, will only receive alerts for the services it is responsible for: