IPv6 logo

ZenPack Developers' Guide


Zenoss is the global leader in hybrid IT monitoring and analytics software, providing complete visibility for cloud, virtual and physical IT environments for more than 40,000 global organizations. ZenPacks are the extension mechanism provided by Zenoss to build new functionality and also to easily port customization from one Zenoss server to another. This book provides detailed ZenPack design practices, coding techniques and debugging hints, based around a number of sample ZenPacks.

The sample ZenPacks explore:

Another objective of the document is to provide examples of good practice. These tips are highlighted throughout the document with a green tick symbol.

The final main objective is to offer deeper insights into the architecture and functionality provided in the standard Zenoss code, especially with reference to how the ZenPack developer uses and extends this code. These sections should probably be skipped initially by someone first starting out with ZenPacks. There are a number of complete sections and they are prefaced with *. Smaller, in­depth points throughout the paper are highlighted with a yellow asterisk.

At the time of writing (Spring 2016) Zenoss 4.2.5 is the main Zenoss production platform. Many Zenoss 3 implementations are still in use and Zenoss 5.x is emerging among early adopters. The document will major on 4.2.5 practices but will also cover differences for Zenoss 3 and Zenoss 5.

It is assumed that the reader is familiar with basic SNMP and Linux concepts and with standard Zenoss configuration techniques.

Complete paper

The paper is available as a PDF file:

It can also be ordered from Lulu as a printed book:

See also Jane Curry's list of papers.