Install the Sensu Client

Having successfully installed and configured a Sensu server and API (Sensu Core or Sensu Enterprise), let’s now install and/or configure a Sensu client. The Sensu client is run on every system you need to monitor, including those running the Sensu server and API, and Sensu’s dependencies (i.e. RabbitMQ and/or Redis). Both Sensu Core and Sensu Enterprise use the same Sensu client process (i.e. sensu-client), so upgrading from Sensu Core to Sensu Enterprise does not require you to install a difference Sensu client.

Included in Sensu Core

The Sensu client process (sensu-client) is part of the open source Sensu project (i.e. Sensu Core) and it is included in the Sensu Core installer packages along with the Sensu Core server and API processes (i.e. sensu-server and sensu-api). This means that if you are following the instructions in this guide for a standalone installation, your Sensu client is already installed!

Disabled by default

The Sensu client process (sensu-client) is disabled by default on all platforms. Please refer to the corresponding configuration and operation documentation corresponding to the platform where you have installed your Sensu client(s) for instructions on starting & stopping the Sensu client process, and/or enabling the Sensu client process to start automatically on system boot.


To continue with this guide, please refer to the Install Sensu Core, Configure Sensu, and Operating Sensu instructions corresponding to the platform(s) where you will run your Sensu client(s).

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