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These are the instructions for manual Director installations. You can learn more about how to automate this in the automation section of this documentation. In case you already installed Director and want to upgrade to the latest version, please read on here.


  • Icinga 2 (>= 2.6.0)
  • It is recommended to use the latest feature release of Icinga 2
  • All versions since 2.4.3 should also work fine, but we do no longer test and support them.
  • Some features require newer Icinga 2 releases
    • Flapping requires 2.8 for the thresholds to work - and at least 2.7 on all nodes
  • Icinga Web 2 (>= 2.6.0). All versions since 2.2 should also work fine, but might show smaller UI bugs and are not actively tested
  • The following Icinga modules must be installed and enabled:
  • ipl (>=0.3.0)
  • incubator (>=0.5.0)
  • reactbundle (>=0.7.0)
  • A database, MySQL (>= 5.1) or PostgreSQL (>= 9.1). MariaDB and other MySQL forks are also fine. Mentioned versions are the required minimum, for MySQL we suggest using at least 5.5.3, for PostgreSQL 9.4.
  • PHP (>= 5.6.3). For best performance please consider use 7.x or 8.x
  • php-pdo-mysql and/or php-pdo-pgsql
  • php-curl
  • php-iconv
  • php-pcntl (might already be built into your PHP binary)
  • php-posix (on RHEL/CentOS this is php-process, or rh-php7x-php-process)
  • php-sockets (might already be built into your PHP binary)
  • php-mbstring and php-json (already required by Icinga Web 2)

Optional Requirements

  • For IBM DB2 Imports: php-pdo-ibm
  • For MSSQL Imports: php-mssql or php-pdo-dblib (or -sybase on some platforms)
  • For Oracle DB Imports: php-oci8 or php-pdo-oci
  • For Sqlite Imports: php-pdo-sqlite


Create an empty Icinga Director database

HINT: You should replace some-password with a secure custom password.

MySQL (or MariaDB)

mysql -e "CREATE DATABASE director CHARACTER SET 'utf8';
   CREATE USER director@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'some-password';
   GRANT ALL ON director.* TO director@localhost;"

In case your MySQL root user is password-protected, please add -p to this command.


psql -q -c "CREATE DATABASE director WITH ENCODING 'UTF8';"
psql director -q -c "CREATE USER director WITH PASSWORD 'some-password';

Hint: pgcrypto helps to boost performance, but is currently optional. In case you do not have it available on your platform and/or do not know how to solve this just leave away the ‘CREATE EXTENSION’ part.

Web-based Configuration

The following steps should guide you through the web-based Kickstart wizard. In case you prefer automated configuration, you should check the dedicated documentation section.

Create a Database resource

In your web frontend please go to Configuration / Application / Resources and create a new database resource pointing to your newly created database. Please make sure that you choose utf8 as an encoding.

Install the Director module

As with any Icinga Web 2 module, installation is pretty straight-forward. In case you’re installing it from source all you have to do is to drop the director module in one of your module paths. You can examine (and set) the module path(s) in Configuration / Application. In a typical environment you’ll probably drop the module to /usr/share/icingaweb2/modules/director. Please note that the directory name MUST be director and not icingaweb2-module-director or anything else.

Installation from release tarball

Download the latest version and extract it to a folder named director in one of your Icinga Web 2 module path directories.

You might want to use a script as follows for this task:

install -d -m 0755 "${TARGET_DIR}"
wget -q -O - "$URL" | tar xfz - -C "${TARGET_DIR}" --strip-components 1

Proceed to enabling the module.

Installation from GIT repository

Another convenient method is the installation directly from our GIT repository. Just clone the repository to one of your Icinga Web 2 module path directories. It will be immediately ready for use:

git clone "${REPO_URL}" "${TARGET_DIR}" --branch v${MODULE_VERSION}

You can now directly use our current GIT master or check out a specific version.

cd "${TARGET_DIR}" && git checkout "v${MODULE_VERSION}"

Proceed to enabling the module.

Enable the newly installed module

Enable the director module either on the CLI by running

icingacli module enable director

Or go to your Icinga Web 2 frontend, choose Configuration / Modules, select the director module and choose State: enable.

Run the graphical kickstart wizard

Choose either Icinga Director directly from the main menu or navigate into Configuration / Modules / director and select the Configuration tab.

Either way you’ll reach the kickstart wizards. Follow the instructions and you’re all done!