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NGINX is an open source web server with a strong focus on high concurrency, performance and low memory usage. It's one of the most popular web servers on the internet, and can also act as a reverse proxy, a load balancer, or as an HTTP cache.

The SolarWinds Snap Agent allows you to easily monitor the health of your NGINX service(s). It requires that your nginx binary is compiled with the stub_status module enabled.


The nginx plugin is included with the SolarWinds Snap Agent by default, please follow the directions below to enable it for a agent instance.


The NGINX server being monitored must have the stub_status module compiled into its binary. Most distributions have this enabled by default. This can be verified with the following command:

$ nginx -V 2>&1 | grep -o with-http_stub_status_module

Your NGINX server will need a location defined with the stub_status module activated. Here is a sample definition that allows connections from the local agent and works with our default plugin configuration.

server {
    location /server_status {
        stub_status on;
        access_log off;
        deny all;

In addition, you'll need to adjust the URL setting in the /opt/SolarWinds/Snap/etc/plugins.d/nginx.yaml configuration file to match your particular setup.

The server blocks of the NGINX config are typically in the supplemental configuration files that are referenced by the master config. Locate the master config with:

$ nginx -t

Open the master configuration file, and search for include near the end of the file. Find the server block in one of the referenced config files and modify it as referenced above, then reload NGINX:

$ nginx -s reload


The agent provides an example configuration file to help you get started quickly. It defines the plugin and task file to be loaded by the agent, but requires you to provide the correct settings for your NGINX server. To enable the plugin:

  1. Make a copy of the NGINX example configuration file /opt/SolarWinds/Snap/etc/plugins.d/nginx.yaml.example, renaming it to /opt/SolarWinds/Snap/etc/plugins.d/nginx.yaml:
$ sudo cp /opt/SolarWinds/Snap/etc/plugins.d/nginx.yaml.example /opt/SolarWinds/Snap/etc/plugins.d/nginx.yaml
  1. Update /opt/SolarWinds/Snap/etc/plugins.d/nginx.yaml configuration file with settings specific to your NGINX server, for example:
  # Read Nginx's basic status information (ngx_http_stub_status_module)
      ## An array of Nginx stub_status URI to gather stats.
      urls: |
      ## Optional SSL Config
      # tls_ca: /path/to/cafile
      # tls_cert: /path/to/certfile
      # tls_key: /path/to/keyfile
      ## Use SSL but skip chain & host verification
      # insecure_skip_verify: false
      ## HTTP response timeout (default: 5s)
      response_timeout: "5s"
  plugin: snap-plugin-collector-bridge-nginx
  task: task-bridge-nginx.yaml
  1. Restart the agent:
$ sudo service swisnapd restart
  1. Enable the NGINX plugin in the AppOptics UI

On the Integrations Page you will see the NGINX plugin available if the previous steps were successful. If you do not see the plugin, see Troubleshooting Linux.

Select the NGINX plugin to open the configuration menu in the UI, and enable the plugin.

You should soon see the nginx metrics reported to your dashboard.

Metrics and Tags

The table below lists each of the metrics collected by the NGINX plugin.

Name Description
nginx.accepts Total number of accepted client connections Number of active client connections including waiting connections
nginx.handled Total number of handled connections
nginx.reading Number of connections where nginx is reading the request header
nginx.requests Total number of client requests
nginx.waiting Number of idle connections waiting for a request
nginx.writing Number of connections where nginx is writing the response to the client


The table below lists each tag available for the NGINX plugin.

Tag Name Description
hostname Name of the host. Instead of using this tag we recommend using the @host alias.
port Port number
server Name of the server

When the APM Integrated Experience is enabled, AppOptics shares a common navigation and enhanced feature set with the other integrated experiences' products. How you navigate AppOptics and access its features may vary from these instructions. For more information, go to the APM Integrated Experience documentation.

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