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26 helpful open source network management tools

Free or low cost tools for professional IT admins

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Over the last decade or so, open source development has skyrocketed, and network management software has ridden that wave. Many frustrated IT administrators have turned to free tools to monitor, configure and map their networked devices. Here are 26 examples of open source network management software tools to help you do your job.


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Xymon

Formerly called Hobbit, Xymon monitors servers, applications and networks, offering information about the health of all of those networked components via web pages. Its site says it was inspired by Big Brother, and like Big Sister, it attempts to address perceived shortcomings of Big Brother BTF, such as performance. Xymon is also intended to be easier to deploy and is free.


  • Big Brother BTF
  • Big Sister
  • Cacti
  • GroundWork Monitor
  • Hyperic HQ
  • JFFNMS
  • MRTG
  • Munin
  • Nagios Core
  • NetDisco
  • Net-SNMP
  • NetworkAuthority Inventory
  • Ntop
  • Observium
  • OneOrZero AIMS
  • OpenNMS
  • OpenQRM
  • Opsi
  • OTRS
  • Pandora FMS
  • RANCID
  • TclMon
  • Wireshark
  • Xymon
  • Zabbix
  • Zenoss Core


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