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Version: ⭐ 23.10

How to write a module

Do you want to create a new module for Centreon or adapt an existing one? You're in the right place!

An empty module template can be found inside Centreon's repository


NOTE: Main documentation is directly stored in the dummy repository


You should know that Centreon contains a page dedicated to the installation and uninstallation of modules (Administration > Extensions > Manager). To make a module appear on this page, its directory must be placed inside Centreon's modules/ directory. Example:

/usr/share/centreon/www/modules/dummy

Basis​

The essential elements your module's directory must contain are presented below:

$module_conf['dummy'] = [
// Short module's name. Must be equal to your module's directory name
'name' => 'dummy',
// Full module's name
'rname' => 'Dummy Example Module',
// Module's version
'mod_release' => '23.10',
// Additional information
'infos' => 'This module is a skeleton',
// Allow your module to be uninstalled
'is_removeable' => '1',
// Module author's name
'author' => 'Centreon',
// Stability of module.
'stability' => 'stable',
// Last time module was updated.
'last_update' => '2020-12-01',
// Release notes link, if any.
'release_note' => 'https://docs.centreon.com/current/en/releases/centreon-os-extensions',
// Images associated with this module.
'images' => [
'images/centreon.png',
],
];

[php > install.php]

This PHP file is executed at module installation if it is configured inside the conf.php file.

[php > uninstall.php]

This PHP file is executed at module uninstallation if it is configured inside the conf.php file.

[sql > install.sql]

This SQL file is executed during module installation if it is configured inside the conf.php file. If you want your module to be available from Centreon menus, you must insert new entries into the topology table of the centreon database. An example is available inside the Dummy module.

[sql > uninstall.sql]

This SQL file is executed during module uninstallation if it is configured inside the conf.php file. It can also remove your module from Centreon menus.

[generate_files > *.php]

The PHP files contained inside the generate_files directory will be executed during the generation of monitoring engine configuration files (inside Configuration > Monitoring Engines). Those files must generate configuration files.

[UPGRADE > dummy-x.x > sql > upgrade.sql]

Centreon provides an upgrade system for modules. To use it, just add a directory under UPGRADE named using the following pattern: <module name>-<version>. When you click the upgrade button, Centreon will search for scripts to execute, following the logical order of versions.

For example, if the version 1.0 of the dummy module is installed and the following directories exist:

ls UPGRADE
dummy-1.1 dummy-1.2

Centreon will execute the scripts in the following order: 1.1, 1.2. A configuration file in each upgrade directory is present in order to allow (or not) the execution.

You are free to organize the remaining files (your module's content) as you like.

Advanced​

⚠️ This section is deprecated; please refer to the dummy repository documentation

That's great, you know how to install a module! Since an empty module is not really useful, put your imagination to work. Knowing that you can do almost anything, it should not be too complicated :-).

Connecting to the database​

You can use the centreon and centstorage databases by calling the following file: centreon/www/class/centreonDB.class.php.

For example, execute requests like this:

$pearDB = new CentreonDB();
$pearDB->query("SELECT * FROM host");

Existing functions​

You can access most of the functions already developed within Centreon using include() statements. They are generally stored in centreon/www/class/.

Before developing your own function, check the existing code. It could save you some time!