Pandora FMS

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Pandora FMS
Logo of Pandora FMS OpenSource edition
Tactical screen screenshot
Pandora FMS tactical Screen
Original author(s) Sancho Lerena Urrea [1]
Developer(s) Ártica
Initial release October 14, 2004 (2004-10-14)
Stable release
7.0 NG 713 / October 4, 2017; 35 days ago (2017-10-04)
Development status Active
Written in Perl, PHP, C++, Javascript
Operating system Linux, Windows
Available in English, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, German, French, Arabic
Type Network monitoring, System monitoring
License GNU General Public License or proprietary EULA

Pandora FMS (for Pandora Flexible Monitoring System) is software for monitoring computer networks [2]. Pandora FMS allows monitoring in a visual way the status and performance of several parameters from different operating systems, servers, applications and hardware systems such as firewalls, proxies, databases, web servers or routers.

Pandora FMS can be deployed in almost any operating system. It features remote monitoring (WMI, SNMP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, HTTP...) and it can also use agents. An agent is available for each platform. It can also monitor hardware systems with a TCP/IP stack, such as load balancers, routers, network switches, printers or firewalls.

Pandora FMS has several servers that process and get information from different sources, using WMI for gathering remote Windows information, a predictive server, a plug-in server which makes complex user-defined network tests, an advanced export server to replicate data between different sites of Pandora FMS, a network discovery server, and an SNMP Trap console.

Released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Pandora FMS is free software.


Pandora Architecture

Pandora Server[edit]

In Pandora FMS architecture, servers are the core of the system because they are the recipients of bundles of information. They also generate monitoring alerts. It is possible to have different modular configurations for the servers: several servers for very big systems, or just a single server. Servers are also responsible for inserting the gathered data into Pandora's database. It is possible to have several Pandora Servers connected to a single Database. Different servers are used for different kind of monitoring: remote monitoring, WMI monitoring, SNMP and other network monitoring, inventory recollection, etc. Highly scalable (up to 2000 nodes with one single server), completely web-driven and a multitenant interface. It has a very flexible ACL system and a lot of graphical reports and user-defined control screens[3].

Servers are developed in Perl and work on any platform that has the required modules. Pandora was originally developed for Linux.

Web console[edit]

Pandora FMS browser SNMP

Pandora's user interface allows people to operate and manage the monitoring system. It is developed in PHP and depends on a database and a web server. It can work in a wide range of platforms: Linux, Solaris, Windows, AIX and others. Several web consoles can be deployed in the same system if required. Web Console has multiples choices, in example SNMP monitoring.


Agents are daemons or services that can monitor any numeric parameter, Boolean status, string or numerical incremental data and/or condition. They can be developed in any language (as Shellscript, WSH, Perl or C). They run on any type of platform (Microsoft, AIX, Solaris, Linux, IPSO, Mac OS or FreeBSD), also SAP, because the agents can communicate with the Pandora FMS Servers to send data in XML using SSH, FTP, NFS, Tentacle (protocol) or any data transfer means.


The database module is the core module of Pandora. All the information of the system resides here. For example, all data gathered by agents, configuration defined by administrator, events, incidents, audit info, etc. are stored in the database.

At present, MySQL database and MariaDB database[4] is supported. Oracle support has been added in 6.0 release.


Version Date Information
7.0 NG 714[5] Oct 26, 2017 An advanced LDAP authentication method similar to Active Directory has been implemented.

Improved graphing and historical database in metaconsole environments.

The behavior of recognition tasks has been improved when the server is restarted. Manual tasks do not restart automatically, whereas non-manual tasks do.

Added HTTPS support in the API configuration inside Pandora FMS server.

Added the option to have “alias as name” selectable by default in the setup when new agents are created in the console.

7.0 NG 712[6] Sep 8, 2017 New Web User Experience server (WUX)

Database update on cascade protection has been improved.

The Pandora FMS database maintenance tool for very large databases has been optimized.

Visual appearance of fonts in PDF reports in Japanese has been improved.

Visual enhancement of full scale graphs of boolean modules in a client.

Negative data is now displayed in module, custom, report graphics, visual consoles, and APIs.

7.0 Next Generation[7] Mar 29, 2017 New interactive network maps.

Business transaction monitoring.

Visual console upgrades and Dashboard upgrades.

UX Monitoring.

Mobile version for Metaconsole.

New ISO installation based on CentOS 7.

New: Pandora FMS Sync-Server.

From the current release (Pandora FMS NG: Next Generation) onward, patches and improvements will be applied incrementally, directly from the console every 21 days[8], without the need for migrations or updates Rolling Release method.

6.0 SP3 Jun 2016 New integration with eHorus, the cloud-based remote management system. It provides remote

management and administration capabilities with terminal and screen sharing methods, plus realtime management of services and processes.

Huge aesthetic and UX improvements on Visual Consoles and Dashboards, making possible to create high quality fully customizable screens.

New SAML authentication option added.

Added new view option for events, grouped by agents.

6.0 SP3 Apr 2016 Huge optimization for Pandora FMS running on Windows systems. The performance in some key

areas has been raised in 100%.

Public Docker files on Docker Hub: It’s now possible to launch Pandora FMS with just one command line!

New depiction of thresholds on graphs: now they also represent “warning” and “critical” areas, instead of just having lines to delimit them.

In the agent XMLs now various "alert_template" tags are accepted, allowing the assignation of multiple alerts to a module at the time of its creation.

6.0 SP1 Jan 2016 New features in the API and CLI: create synthetic modules, manage planned downtimes, and manage Network, Data Server and Plugin modules to set inverse warning/critical intervals.

CSV report exportation has been added to the Reporting engine.

New ‘alert_template’ tag in agents’ XML files to subscribe a new module to an Alert Template.

Added Monthly SLA to the list of dynamic reports.

Added get_agents function to the CLI.

Added several functions to handle Planned Downtimes to the CLI and API.

Synthetic modules can now be created through CLI and API.

6.0 October 21, 2015 Metaconsole event correlation, dynamic reports, 2-step authentication, Email alerts enhancements, database encryption, log integration in monitor view, 95th Percentile graphs, dashboard enhancements and new visual style.
5.1 Jun 08th, 2014 Satellite server, L2 Topology maps, detection of configuration changes in network devices, IPAM, monthly SLA reports, realtime monitoring, suppor for Windows in Pandora FMS servers, iOS event viewer.
5.0 October 17, 2013 New interface, new HTML5 interactive graphs, Netflow support, lots of improvements in monitoring (delayed monitoring, intensive monitoring, scheduled monitoring), better SLA reports, new visual service maps, log collection with agents, improvements on event management, and the new metaconsole for federated monitoring and autoprovisioning.
4.1 June 29, 2013 New mobile console, graph improvement, new ISO for rapid deployment & install, ICMP/SNMP monitoring improvement (on speed) and several GIS improvements.
4.0.3 January 19, 2013 Graph display can now have two data sources displayed to allow comparison. Agent now supports Windows 8. Bugfixes and performance improvements.
4.0.2 June 27, 2012 Some of the new features are: a gateway for SSH and Telnet, a new update system for the console, a new Tree View and new ready-to-use plugins for IPMI, DNS and UPD among others. Also, +250 bugs were fixed and several improvements were made, like an improved Visual Console editor, improved local and remote inventory including new modules and bug fixes, improved interfaces for Massive Operations, Policies and Synthetic Modules, performance enhancements for server plugins and much more.
4.0 September 26, 2011 Support for Oracle and PostgreSQL, event correlation, report improvement, new features for agents (proxy and broker mode), new inventory with history, skin system.
3.2.1 February 23, 2011 Usability improvement and minor and major bug fixing.
3.2 December 27, 2010 Performance improved, smartphone web console, topology maps improved, policy manager improved, new file distribution for agents and new languages supported in reports.
3.1 June 1, 2010
3.0 December 29, 2009 Flash interactive graphs, alert improvement and redesign, important improvements on windows agent, new SNMP trap console
2.1 March 3, 2009 Multi server support, Tentacle server and client included in packages, usability and performance improvements
2.0 September 3, 2008 New WMI, Plugin and Prediction Server. Better network auto discovery and topology detection, correlated alerts, log parser capable agents (win, Unix), planned downtimes, better reporting and more.
1.3.1 April 30, 2008 New transfer protocol: Tentacle (protocol), new server options
1.3 October 12, 2007 New logo, new recon server
1.2 December 5, 2006 New logo, renamed as Pandora FMS, changed homepage
1.1 May 13, 2005 New agents, console and documentation
1.0 October 14, 2004 First stable release (known as pandoramon)

Software appliances[edit]

Pandora FMS has a software appliance based on a customized CentOS Linux, installable on CD, comes ready to use (including a live CD) or ready to install to hard disk.

It have also an AMI Appliance based on Amazon AWS.

There is available a Docker image at Docker HUB.

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