Check your outdated python packages with Zabbix

I use Zabbix as an alert/monitoring system for my servers and applications. When it comes to a django application, I work with virtual environments and pip. It is easy to have the list of outdated packages. I wanted to be alerted with zabbix when a new package is outdated.

January 26, 2017

Check your outdated python packages with Zabbix

I use Zabbix as an alert/monitoring system for my servers and applications. When it comes to a django application, I work with virtual environments and pip. It is easy to have the list of outdated packages. I wanted to be alerted with zabbix when a new package is outdated.


Create your script

$ cat /etc/zabbix/plugins/pip_outdated
#!/bin/bash

source path_to_virtualenv
PACKAGE_NUMBER="$(pip list --no-cache-dir  --outdated | wc -l)"
echo $PACKAGE_NUMBER

Create your zabbix custom agent 

$ cat /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.d/pip_outdated.conf
UserParameter=pipOutdated,/etc/zabbix/plugins/pip_outdated

Increase the timeout 

The pip list outdated command may take some time. It can be necessary to increase the timeout in the zabbix agent configuration (/etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf)

Test your new zabbix agent command

$ sudo zabbix_agentd -t pipOutdated
pipOutdated                                   [t|20]

Create a new item on your Zabbix server

Create a new item in "Configuration > Host > Item > Create item"

Create a new trigger on your Zabbix server

Create a new trigger in "Configuration > Host > Triggers > Create trigger"