Would you like to learn how to use Zabbix Json monitoring feature? In this tutorial, we are going to show you all the steps required to use Zabbix JSON feature.

In our example, we are going to monitor the Forex price of the Dolar euro pair.

• Zabbix version: 4.2.6

We are going to use Zabbix to monitor the JSON output of the API from the Website Alphavantage.

You will need a Zabbix server up and running.

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The following section presents the list of equipment used to create this Zabbix tutorial.

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Tutorial - Zabbix Create JSON API

Some websites require you to create a JSON API to authenticate your JSN requests.

Access the Alphavantage website and create you free JSON API.

Zabbix JSON monitor API

In our example we are going to use the API: 1LVKUPOY5HBM8CG6

Do not use this API, create your own API.

Tutorial Zabbix JSON - Monitoring Dollar Forex Exchange Price

Open your browser and enter the IP address of your web server plus /zabbix.

In our example, the following URL was entered in the Browser:

• http://35.162.85.57/zabbix

On the login screen, use the default username and default password.

• Default Username: Admin
• Default Password: zabbix

zabbix login

After a successful login, you will be sent to the Zabbix Dashboard.

zabbix dashboard

On the dashboard screen, access the Configuration menu and select the Hosts option.

zabbix add host

Locate and click on the hostname of your Zabbix server.

In our example, we selected the hostname: Zabbix server.

On the Host properties screen, access the Applications tab.

Zabbix Windows Service Application menu

On the top right part of the screen, click on the Create application button.

Zabbix Create Application

On the Host applications screen, create a new application named: ALPHAVANTAGE.

Zabbix Json application

After finishing the Application creation, access the Items tab.

Zabbix Item Tab

On the top right part of the screen, click on the Create item button.

On the Item creation screen, you need to configure the following items:

• Name: Dollar-Euro
• Type: HTTP AGENT
• Key: zabbix.monitor.dollar.euro
URL: https://www.alphavantage.co/query?function=CURRENCY_EXCHANGE_RATE&from_currency=USD&to_currency=EUR&apikey=1LVKUPOY5HBM8CG6

You need to replace my API with your API key.

Now, you must click on the Parse button.

Zabbix Json monitoring

After clicking on the Parse button, Zabbix will clean the URL and create the required variables.

Zabbix JSON parsing url

On the Item creation screen, you still need to configure the following items:

• Request type: GET
• Timeout: 3s
• Request body type: Raw data
• Required status codes: 200
• Follow redirects: Yes
• Retrieve mode: Body
• Convert to JSON: YES
• Type of Information: TEXT
• Update interval: 60s
• Applications: Select ALPHAVANTAGE
• Enabled: Yes

Here is our configuration:

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Click on the Add button to finish the Item creation and wait 5 minutes.

In order to test your configuration, access the Monitoring menu and click on the Latest data option.

Zabbix Latest data

Use the filter configuration to select the desired hostname and click on the Apply button.

In our example, we selected the hostname: Zabbix server and the application ALPHAVANTAGE

Zabbix filter json host

You should see a result similar to mine.

Zabbix Json result

Congratulations! You have finished the configuration of the first item.

Tutorial - Zabbix JSON Monitoring Dollar to Euro Price

Now, we need to access the Zabbix server's Item tab and create a new item.

Zabbix Item Tab

On the top right part of the screen, click on the Create item button.

On the Item creation screen, you need to configure the following items:

• Name: Dollar-Euro Trade Price
• Type: Dependent Item
• Key: zabbix.monitor.dollar.euro.trade
• Master item: Zabbix server: Dollar-Euro
• Type of Information: Numeric float
• Application: ALPHAVANTAGE

Here is our configuration:

Zabbix monitor forex dollar

Now, you need to access the Preprocessing tab and click on the Add option.

• Name: JSONPath
• Parameter: $.body["Realtime Currency Exchange Rate"]["5. Exchange Rate"]

Click on the Add option and then on the Add button.

Here is our configuration.

Zabbix Jsonpath forex dollar

Wait 5 minutes.

In order to test your configuration, access the Monitoring menu and click on the Latest data option.

Zabbix Latest data

Use the filter configuration to select the desired hostname and click on the Apply button.

In our example, we selected the hostname: Zabbix server and the application ALPHAVANTAGE.

Zabbix bitcoin filter

The item named Dollar-Euro Trade Price will show the Dollar price in Euro.

You should see a result similar to mine.

Zabbix Json API monitor

Here you can see the Dollar price moving on a Zabbix graphic.

Dollar price monitoring free

Congratulations! You are now able to monitor the Dollar exchange price using Zabbix.