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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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Nagios Core

Nagios Core is software for monitoring IT infrastructure and viewing current status, historical logs and basic reports. Nagios and other companies have built commercial capabilities onto the open source core.


  • 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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