Zabbix Agent is required to install on all remote systems needs to monitor through Zabbix server. The Zabbix Agent collects resource utilization and applications data on the client system and provides such information to the Zabbix server on their requests.


There are two types of checks can be configured between Zabbix Server and Client.

  • Passive check – Zabbix Agent only sent data to server on their request.
  • Active check – Zabbix Agent sends data periodically to Server.


After installing zabbix server on your Debian system. This article will help you to install zabbix agent on Debian 9 Stretch, Debian 8 Jessie and Debian 7 Wheezy systems. After that you can add remote host in zabbix server.


Step 1 – Prerequisites


For this tutorial, we will use Zabbix apt repositories provided by the Zabbix official website. Let’s add the required repository on your system first by running one the following command as per Debian version:


For Debian 9:

dpkg -i zabbix-release_3.4-1+stretch_all.deb


For Debian 8:

dpkg -i zabbix-release_3.4-1+jessie_all.deb


For Debian 7:

dpkg -i zabbix-release_3.4-1+wheezy_all.deb


Step 2 – Install Zabbix Agent


Now you have added Zabbix repositories to your system. let’s use the following command to install Zabbix agent on Debian machine.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zabbix-agent


Step 3 – Configure Zabbix Agent


After installing completed of Zabbix aget. Edit zabbix agent configuration file zabbix_agentd.conf and update the Zabbix server IP address and zabbix agent name.

$ sudo vi /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf


Now add the following to /etc/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.conf 


#Server=[zabbix server ip]
#Hostname=[Hostname of client system ]



Here is the IP of Zabbix server to allow for connection with this Zabbix client.


Step 4 – Restart Zabbix Agent


After adding Zabbix server IP in the configuration file, now restart agent service using below command.

sudo service zabbix-agent start


To start and stop zabbix-agent service anytime use following commands.

sudo service zabbix-agent start
sudo service zabbix-agent stop


Congratulation’s, You have successfully installed Zabbix Agent on Debian system. Lets Add Host in Zabbix Server to be monitor.


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