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Curses interface to Checkmk Raw.

Project description

Check Commander

Check Commander is an efficient curses interface for the monitoring software Checkmk.


Most day-to-day activities like time limited acknowledgement, downtime, reinventorize, look up server in a wiki, copy alert text for a ticket system and SSH in to servers can be done with a few keypresses. See screenshots to understand what it's about.


SSH to selected host (which opens a new terminal, in this case a new split in tilix): SSH to selected host v1.2

Acknowledge an alert and display help: Acknowledge and help v.8

Show details for an alert: Details v.6

Getting Started


  • An up to date Checkmk instance.
  • Linux, MacOS (not tested on other platforms yet)
  • Python 3.6 or later


From PIP:

pip3 install checkmk-commander

Run command: chkcom. It usually ends up in ~/.local/bin on linux (installed with --user), /Users//Library/Python/3.8/bin on MacOS.


You need a "machine" account for your Checkmk instance. A normal user won't work. See Checkmk user config.

You will be asked for configuration details on first run, and a config will be created at ~/.config/check-commander.ini

Example check commander config:

host = http://omd.lxd/test/
username = automation
secret = long-random-string

How an ssh connection is opened can be changed. Suggested alternatives (put one in config file):

terminal_command = x-terminal-emulator -e ssh HOSTNAME
terminal_command = tmux split-window -v -c "$PWD" ssh HOSTNAME
terminal_command = tmux new-window -c "#{pane_current_path}" ssh HOSTNAME

These should open default terminal, split your current tmux tab and open new tmux tab respectively.

How a wiki is opened can be changed. Suggested alternative:

url_with_hostname =

Refresh delay in seconds can be set thus:

delay = 5


Press ? in app to get an overview.


Open a gitlab issue if you hit a bug or need help.

Implementation details

Uses CheckMK's web API.

Additional functionality like copy to clipboard or open browser requires python modules cliboard and webbrowser. You will be notified to install them.

Known bugs

  • Calling a reschedule may give the error "ERROR - you did an active check on this service - please disable active checks". Not sure why this happens.
  • If a non-OMD site is connected to your "distributed monitoring", calling WATO commands on it will return 200 and an error. The WATO command will not be run.


Tests can be run with tox. Static tests have been done with prospector.

Inspirations and thanks

What users say

  • "Herregud så mye bedre dette er enn å kuke i webinterface"

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