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NAGIOS-NRPE(8) System Manager's Manual NAGIOS-NRPE(8)


nrpe - Nagios Remote Plugin Executor - Server


nagios-nrpe [-n] -c <config_file> [-4|-6] <mode>


The purpose of this addon is to allow you to execute Nagios plugins on a remote host in as transparent a manner as possible.

This program runs as a background process on the remote host and processes command execution requests from the check_nrpe plugin on the Nagios host.


-4 = Use IPv4 only
-6 = Use IPv6 only
<mode> = One of the following two operating modes:

Notes: This program is designed to process requests from the check_nrpe plugin on the host(s) running Nagios. It can run as a service under inetd or xinetd (read the docs for info on this), or as a standalone daemon. Once a request is received from an authorized host, NRPE will execute the command/plugin (as defined in the config file) and return the plugin output and return code to the check_nrpe plugin.


This manual page was written by Jason Thomas <>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).

January 14, 2004