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Fail2ban collector

Monitors the fail2ban log file to show all bans for all active jails.


The fail2ban.log file must be readable by the user netdata:

  • change the file ownership and access permissions.
  • update /etc/logrotate.d/fail2ban to persists the changes after rotating the log file.
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To change the file ownership and access permissions, execute the following:

sudo chown root:netdata /var/log/fail2ban.log
sudo chmod 640 /var/log/fail2ban.log

To persist the changes after rotating the log file, add create 640 root netdata to the /etc/logrotate.d/fail2ban:

/var/log/fail2ban.log {

rotate 4

fail2ban-client flushlogs 1>/dev/null

# If fail2ban runs as non-root it still needs to have write access
# to logfiles.
# create 640 fail2ban adm
create 640 root netdata


  • Failed attempts in attempts/s
  • Bans in bans/s
  • Banned IP addresses (since the last restart of netdata) in ips


Edit the python.d/fail2ban.conf configuration file using edit-config from the Netdata config directory, which is typically at /etc/netdata.

cd /etc/netdata   # Replace this path with your Netdata config directory, if different
sudo ./edit-config python.d/fail2ban.conf


log_path: '/var/log/fail2ban.log'
conf_path: '/etc/fail2ban/jail.local'
exclude: 'dropbear apache'

If no configuration is given, module will attempt to read log file at /var/log/fail2ban.log and conf file at /etc/fail2ban/jail.local. If conf file is not found default jail is ssh.


To troubleshoot issues with the fail2ban module, run the python.d.plugin with the debug option enabled. The output will give you the output of the data collection job or error messages on why the collector isn't working.

First, navigate to your plugins directory, usually they are located under /usr/libexec/netdata/plugins.d/. If that's not the case on your system, open netdata.conf and look for the setting plugins directory. Once you're in the plugin's directory, switch to the netdata user.

cd /usr/libexec/netdata/plugins.d/
sudo su -s /bin/bash netdata

Now you can manually run the fail2ban module in debug mode:

./python.d.plugin fail2ban debug trace

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