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Zabbix proxy with SQLite3 database support
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What is Zabbix?

Zabbix is an enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution.

Zabbix is software that monitors numerous parameters of a network and the health and integrity of servers. Zabbix uses a flexible notification mechanism that allows users to configure e-mail based alerts for virtually any event. This allows a fast reaction to server problems. Zabbix offers excellent reporting and data visualisation features based on the stored data. This makes Zabbix ideal for capacity planning.

For more information and related downloads for Zabbix components, please visit and

What is Zabbix proxy?

Zabbix proxy is a process that may collect monitoring data from one or more monitored devices and send the information to the Zabbix server, essentially working on behalf of the server. All collected data is buffered locally and then transferred to the Zabbix server the proxy belongs to.

Zabbix proxy images

These are the only official Zabbix proxy Docker images. They are based on Alpine Linux v3.4, Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty) and CentOS 7 images. The available versions of Zabbix proxy are:

Zabbix proxy 3.0 (tags: alpine-3.0-latest, ubuntu-3.0-latest, centos-3.0-latest)
Zabbix proxy 3.0.* (tags: alpine-3.0.*, ubuntu-3.0.*, centos-3.0.*)
Zabbix proxy 3.2 (tags: alpine-3.2-latest, ubuntu-3.2-latest, centos-3.2-latest)
Zabbix proxy 3.2.* (tags: alpine-3.2.*, ubuntu-3.2.*, centos-3.2.*)
Zabbix proxy 3.4 (tags: alpine-3.4-latest, ubuntu-3.4-latest, centos-3.4-latest, alpine-latest, ubuntu-latest, centos-latest, latest)
Zabbix proxy 3.4.* (tags: alpine-3.4.*, ubuntu-3.4.*, centos-3.4.*)
Zabbix proxy 4.0 (tags: alpine-trunk, ubuntu-trunk)

Images are updated when new releases are published. The image with latest tag is based on Alpine Linux.

The image uses SQLite3 database to store collected data before sending it to Zabbix server.

How to use this image

Start zabbix-proxy-sqlite3

Start a Zabbix proxy container as follows:

docker run --name some-zabbix-proxy-sqlite3 -e ZBX_HOSTNAME=some-hostname -e ZBX_SERVER_HOST=some-zabbix-server -d zabbix/zabbix-proxy-sqlite3:tag

Where some-zabbix-proxy-sqlite3 is the name you want to assign to your container, some-hostname is the hostname, it is Hostname parameter in Zabbix proxy configuration file, some-zabbix-server is IP or DNS name of Zabbix server and tag is the tag specifying the version you want. See the list above for relevant tags, or look at the full list of tags.

Connects from Zabbix server (Passive proxy)

This image exposes the standard Zabbix proxy port (10051) and can operate as Passive proxy in case ZBX_PROXYMODE = 1. Start Zabbix server container like this in order to link it to the Zabbix proxy container:

$ docker run --name some-zabbix-server --link some-zabbix-proxy-sqlite3:zabbix-proxy-sqlite3 -d zabbix/zabbix-server:latest

Connect to Zabbix server (Active proxy)

This image can operate as Active proxy (default mode). Start your application container like this in order to link Zabbix proxy to Zabbix server containters:

$ docker run --name some-zabbix-proxy-sqlite3 --link some-zabbix-server:zabbix-server -d zabbix/zabbix-proxy-sqlite3:latest

Container shell access and viewing Zabbix proxy logs

The docker exec command allows you to run commands inside a Docker container. The following command line will give you a bash shell inside your zabbix-proxy-sqlite3 container:

$ docker exec -ti some-zabbix-proxy-sqlite3 /bin/bash

The Zabbix proxy log is available through Docker's container log:

$ docker logs some-zabbix-proxy-sqlite3

Environment Variables

When you start the zabbix-proxy-sqlite3 image, you can adjust the configuration of the Zabbix proxy by passing one or more environment variables on the docker run command line.


The variable allows to switch Zabbix proxy mode. Bu default, value is 0 - active proxy. Allowed values are 0 - active proxy and 1 - passive proxy.


This variable is unique, case sensitive hostname. By default, value is zabbix-proxy-sqlite3 of the container. It is Hostname parameter in zabbix_proxy.conf.


This variable is IP or DNS name of Zabbix server or Zabbix proxy. By default, value is zabbix-server. It is Server parameter in zabbix_proxy.conf. It is allowed to specify Zabbix server or Zabbix proxy port number using ZBX_SERVER_PORT variable. It make sense in case of non-default port for active checks.


This variable is port Zabbix server listening on. By default, value is 10051.


The variable is list of comma separated loadable Zabbix modules. It works with volume /var/lib/zabbix/modules. The syntax of the variable is,


The variable is used to specify debug level. By default, value is 3. It is DebugLevel parameter in zabbix_server.conf. Allowed values are listed below:

  • 0 - basic information about starting and stopping of Zabbix processes;
  • 1 - critical information
  • 2 - error information
  • 3 - warnings
  • 4 - for debugging (produces lots of information)
  • 5 - extended debugging (produces even more information)


The variable is used to specify timeout for processing checks. By default, value is 4.


The variable enable communication with Zabbix Java Gateway to collect Java related checks. By default, value is false.

Other variables

Additionally the image allows to specify many other environment variables listed below:

ZBX_ENABLEREMOTECOMMANDS=0 # Available since 3.4.0
ZBX_LOGREMOTECOMMANDS=0 # Available since 3.4.0

Default values of these variables are specified after equal sign.

The allowed variables are identical of parameters in official zabbix_proxy.conf. For example, ZBX_LOGSLOWQUERIES = LogSlowQueries.

Please use official documentation for zabbix_proxy.conf to get more information about the variables.

Allowed volumes for the Zabbix proxy container


The volume is used by External checks (type of items). It is ExternalScripts parameter in zabbix_proxy.conf.


The volume allows load additional modules and extend Zabbix proxy using LoadModule feature.


The volume is used to store TLS related files. These file names are specified using ZBX_TLSCAFILE, ZBX_TLSCRLFILE, ZBX_TLSKEY_FILE and ZBX_TLSPSKFILE variables.


The volume is used as location of public and private keys for SSH checks and actions. It is SSHKeyLocation parameter in zabbix_proxy.conf.


The volume is used as location of of SSL client certificate files for client authentication. It is SSLCertLocation parameter in zabbix_proxy.conf.


The volume is used as location of SSL private key files for client authentication. It is SSLKeyLocation parameter in zabbix_proxy.conf.


The volume is used as location of certificate authority (CA) files for SSL server certificate verification. It is SSLCALocation parameter in zabbix_proxy.conf.


The volume is used as location of snmptraps.log file. It could be shared by zabbix-snmptraps container and inherited using volumes_from Docker option while creating new instance of Zabbix proxy.
SNMP traps processing feature could be enabled using shared volume and switched ZBX_ENABLE_SNMP_TRAPS environment variable to true.


The volume allows to add new MIB files. It does not support subdirectories, all MIBs must be placed to /var/lib/zabbix/mibs.

The image variants

The zabbix-proxy-sqlite3 images come in many flavors, each designed for a specific use case.


This is the defacto image. If you are unsure about what your needs are, you probably want to use this one. It is designed to be used both as a throw away container (mount your source code and start the container to start your app), as well as the base to build other images off of.


This image is based on the popular Alpine Linux project, available in the alpine official image. Alpine Linux is much smaller than most distribution base images (~5MB), and thus leads to much slimmer images in general.

This variant is highly recommended when final image size being as small as possible is desired. The main caveat to note is that it does use musl libc instead of glibc and friends, so certain software might run into issues depending on the depth of their libc requirements. However, most software doesn't have an issue with this, so this variant is usually a very safe choice. See this Hacker News comment thread for more discussion of the issues that might arise and some pro/con comparisons of using Alpine-based images.

To minimize image size, it's uncommon for additional related tools (such as git or bash) to be included in Alpine-based images. Using this image as a base, add the things you need in your own Dockerfile (see the alpine image description for examples of how to install packages if you are unfamiliar).

Supported Docker versions

This image is officially supported on Docker version 1.12.0.

Support for older versions (down to 1.6) is provided on a best-effort basis.

Please see the Docker installation documentation for details on how to upgrade your Docker daemon.

User Feedback


Documentation for this image is stored in the proxy-sqlite3/ directory of the zabbix/zabbix-docker GitHub repo. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the repository's file before attempting a pull request.


If you have any problems with or questions about this image, please contact us through a GitHub issue.

Known issues

Zabbix proxy does not support Jabber notifications on Alpine Linux because of iksemel package is in testing repository and not available in stable repository.


You are invited to contribute new features, fixes, or updates, large or small; we are always thrilled to receive pull requests, and do our best to process them as fast as we can.

Before you start to code, we recommend discussing your plans through a GitHub issue, especially for more ambitious contributions. This gives other contributors a chance to point you in the right direction, give you feedback on your design, and help you find out if someone else is working on the same thing.

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