Overview

Introduction

ntopng core is extensible by means of plugins. Users and programmers with basic scripting skills are able to extend ntopng to implement custom features.

Capabilities

Plugins offer the following capabilities.

Monitoring an Analysis

Plugins provide mechanisms to watch and analyze network traffic, flows, hosts and other network elements. They also enable the monitoring of the health and status of ntopng, as well as of the system on top of which ntopng is running.

Alerts Generation

Plugins enable the generation of custom alerts. Generated alerts appear within the ntopng web GUI and are propagated towards external alert endpoints.

Custom Pages

Plugins enable the creation of custom pages. Custom pages are shown within the ntopng web GUI and have links in the menu.

Timeseries

Plugins enable the generation of timeseries for custom metrics. Points of custom metrics are written from inside the plugin. ntopng charts show custom metrics points over time.

What is a Plugin

A plugin is a collection of Lua scripts with a predefined structure.

Examples

Examples of plugins are:

  • A monitor for the disk space which continuously observes free disk space and triggers alerts when the space available is below a certain threshold

Availability

ntopng community plugins are open source and available on the ntopng GitHub plugins page.