Munin (software)

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Stable release
2.0.75[1]Edit this on Wikidata / 25 October 2023; 6 months ago (25 October 2023)
Preview release
2.999.15 / July 8, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-07-08)[2]
Written inPerl
Operating systemUnix-like
LicenseGNU General Public License version 2 [3] Edit this at Wikidata
Example graph produced by Munin showing memory usage

Munin is a free and open-source computer system monitoring, network monitoring, and infrastructure monitoring software application.[4]

Munin is written in Perl and uses RRDtool to create graphs,[5] which are accessible over a web interface. Its emphasis is on plug and play capabilities. About 500 monitoring plugins are currently available. It is intended to make it easy to determine "what's different today" when a performance problem happens and to provide visibility into capacity and utilization of resources.


Munin was started by Audun Ytterdal and Jimmy Olsen in late 2003, based on RRDtool by Tobi Oetiker. Development has slowed since 2005, but Munin is a stable tool and is still maintained.[6]

“Its name is derived from Norse mythology. One of the two ravens who report the news of the world to the god Odin is called Munin, and the other is named Hugin. Munin is 'memory', and Hugin is 'thought'.”[7]



Plugins are the specialized programs that are called by Munin nodes to gather and report current data, and describe how it should be presented.[8] There are over 300 plugins in the core distribution,[9] over 180 plugins in the official third-party contributed repository,[10] and an unknown number of independently published plugins.

They can be written in any programming or scripting language. All they are required to do is print space separated key and value pairs on standard output.[11] This framework makes it trivial to write customized plugins.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Release 2.0.75". 25 October 2023. Retrieved 19 November 2023.
  2. ^ "Releases - munin-monitoring/munin". Retrieved 12 August 2021 – via GitHub.
  3. ^ "Munin license".
  4. ^ "Munin Monitoring". GitHub. Retrieved 2023-02-24.
  5. ^ "Munin FAQ :: Munin Monitoring".
  6. ^ Hamon, Yann. "Munin". Mandragor. Archived from the original on 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2024-02-01.
  7. ^ "Munin—the Raven Reports | Linux Journal". Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  8. ^ "plugins – Munin". Archived from the original on 2013-11-10.
  9. ^ "munin/plugins at devel · munin-monitoring/munin · GitHub". Archived from the original on 2016-08-22.
  10. ^ "Contrib/Plugins at master · munin-monitoring/Contrib". GitHub.
  11. ^ "How to write Munin Plugins — Munin 2.999.10-detached-2018-12-16-c13-g47debb5 documentation".

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