Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable::Module::Nagios - report Nagios alerts to IRC


A module for IRC bots powered by Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable to monitor a Nagios install and report alerts to IRC.

Multiple Nagios instances are supported; these could be separate Nagios systems, or just the same Nagios install but using different credentials. As each configured instance can have specific target channels defined, this means you could have the bot check with the username "development" and report all visible problems to the #development channel, then check again with the "sysad" username and report problems visible to that user to the #sysads channel.

Actual monitoring is done using Nagios::Scrape, which scrapes the information from the status.cgi script which powers Nagios' web interface. This means that, assuming your Nagios setup is configured to be viewable over the web, you need no further setup to allow the bot to monitor it.


Load the module as you would any other Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable module, then configure it to watch a Nagios install and report problems to the desired channel(s) with the nagios add command.

In a direct message to the bot:

    <user> nagios add username password #channel
    <bot> OK
    <user> nagios list
    <bot> I'm currently monitoring the following Nagios instances:
          .. 1 : as dave for #chan
    <user> nagios del 1
    <bot> OK, deleted instance 1

(You can supply a list of channel names separated by commas, if you want reports from a given instance to be announced to more than one channel.)


Plenty of improvements are planned, including:

  • Better documentation

    I need to improve the module's documentation. For now, extra information is available by saying <help nagios> to the bot on IRC, or nagios set with no setting name for a list of valid settings with descriptions.

    I'd rather work out a good way to auto-generate documentation from the settings definitions in the code in order to make sure the docs stay in sync.

  • Acknowledging problems

    It should probably be possible to acknowledge a reported problem, preventing repeated reports of the same service/host in the same state.

  • Configurable reporting hours

    It would make sense to be able to configure the bot to only report problems during hours in which staff/volunteers are likely to be awake and paying attention to the IRC channel.

  • Configurable report templates

    It would be nice to be able to configure the format used for report messages - perhaps including colour codes to colourise elements of the message, where the channel allows it and users clients support it.


David Precious, <davidp at>


This module is developed on GitHub:

Pull requests / suggestions / bug reports are welcomed.

If you feel like it, even a "I'm using this and find it useful" mail to would be appreciated - it's nice to know when people find your work useful.

(Reviews on cpanratings and/or ++'s on MetaCPAN are also very welcome.)


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc Bot::BasicBot::Pluggable::Module::Nagios

You can report bugs or make feature requests using GitHub Issues:



Copyright 2011-2018 David Precious.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of either: the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; or the Artistic License.

See for more information.