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app vigil-local

Vigil Local daemon. Used as a slave service to monitor hosts behind a firewall and report their status to Vigil.

8 stable releases

1.1.6 Sep 1, 2023
1.1.4 Feb 3, 2023
1.1.3 Jul 25, 2022
1.1.0 Nov 4, 2021
1.0.0 Jul 24, 2020

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Vigil Local

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Vigil Local daemon. Used as a slave service to monitor hosts behind a firewall and report their status to Vigil.

Vigil Local is an (optional) slave daemon that you can use to report internal service health to your Vigil-powered status page master server. It is designed to be used behind a firewall, and to monitor hosts bound to a local loop or LAN network, that are not available to your main Vigil status page. It can prove useful as well if you want to fully isolate your Vigil status page from your internal services.

Install Vigil Local on a server of yours and configure it with your Vigil endpoint URL and token; it will then start monitoring all configured nodes and report them to Vigil. Make sure that you pre-configure all local nodes as local in Vigil, and then as poll or script in Vigil Local, accordingly. The service identifier and node identifier must match on either sides, as they will be used to identify the replica status being reported from the Vigil Local slave to the Vigil master.

Multiple slave daemons can run on separate servers or networks, and report a group of services and nodes to the same Vigil master. Make sure that multiple slaves are not double-reporting replicas on the same monitored service/node pair.

Tested at Rust version: rustc 1.62.0 (a8314ef7d 2022-06-27)

🇧🇬 Crafted in Sofia, Bulgaria.

What is Vigil?

Vigil is an open-source Status Page you can host on your infrastructure, used to monitor all your servers and apps, and visible to your users.

It lets you monitor your critical systems using a variety of methods: push for applications using a Vigil Reporter library, poll for Vigil-reachable HTTP, TCP & ICMP services, script to execute custom probes, and local for non-Vigil-reachable private services.

Vigil Local lets you monitor nodes that are configured in local mode (in Vigil), aside other monitoring methods that do not require the Vigil Local utility (and thus can run on Vigil itself right away).

How to use it?


Install from binary:

A pre-built binary of Vigil Local is shared in the releases on GitHub. You can simply download the latest binary version from the releases page, and run it on your server.

You will still need to provide the binary with the configuration file, so make sure you have a Vigil Local config.cfg file ready somewhere.

The binary provided is statically-linked, which means that it will be able to run on any Linux-based server. Still, it will not work on MacOS or Windows machines.

👉 Each release binary comes with an .asc signature file, which can be verified using @valeriansaliou GPG public key: 🔑valeriansaliou.gpg.pub.asc.

Install from packages:

Vigil Local provides pre-built packages for Debian-based systems (Debian, Ubuntu, etc.).

Important: Vigil Local only provides 64 bits packages targeting Debian 10, 11 & 12 for now (codenames: buster, bullseye & bookworm). You will still be able to use them on other Debian versions, as well as Ubuntu.

First, add the Vigil Local APT repository (eg. for Debian bookworm):

echo "deb https://packagecloud.io/valeriansaliou/vigil-local/debian/ bookworm main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/valeriansaliou_vigil-local.list
curl --silent -L https://packagecloud.io/valeriansaliou/vigil-local/gpgkey | apt-key add -
apt-get update

Then, install the Vigil Local package:

apt-get install vigil-local

Then, edit the pre-filled Vigil Local configuration file:

nano /etc/vigil-local.cfg

Finally, restart Vigil Local:

service vigil-local restart

Install from Cargo:

If you prefer managing vigil-local via Rust's Cargo, install it directly via cargo install:

cargo install vigil-local

Ensure that your $PATH is properly configured to source the Crates binaries, and then run Vigil Local using the vigil-local command.

Install from source:

The last option is to pull the source code from Git and compile Vigil Local via cargo:

cargo build --release

You can find the built binaries in the ./target/release directory.

Install from Docker Hub:

You might find it convenient to run Vigil Local via Docker. You can find the pre-built Vigil Local image on Docker Hub as valeriansaliou/vigil-local.

First, pull the valeriansaliou/vigil-local image:

docker pull valeriansaliou/vigil-local:v1.1.6

Then, seed it a configuration file and run it (replace /path/to/your/vigil-local/config.cfg with the path to your configuration file):

docker run -v /path/to/your/vigil-local/config.cfg:/etc/vigil-local.cfg valeriansaliou/vigil-local:v1.1.6


Use the sample config.cfg configuration file and adjust it to your own environment.

Available configuration options are commented below, with allowed values:


  • log_level (type: string, allowed: debug, info, warn, error, default: error) — Verbosity of logging, set it to error in production


  • endpoint (type: string, allowed: URL, no default) — Vigil status page master reporting URL (can be public via eg. HTTPS, or private over LAN; without trailing slash, eg. https://status.example.com)
  • token (type: string, allowed: any string, no default) — Your master Vigil Reporter token (as configured in Vigil)


  • interval (type: integer, allowed: seconds, default: 120) — Interval for which to probe nodes in poll and script mode (ie. all nodes)
  • poll_retry (type: integer, allowed: seconds, default: 2) — Interval after which to try probe for a second time nodes in poll mode (only when the first check fails)
  • poll_delay_dead (type: integer, allowed: seconds, default: 10) — Delay after which a node in poll mode is to be considered dead (ie. check response delay)
  • poll_delay_sick (type: integer, allowed: seconds, default: 1) — Delay after which a node in poll mode is to be considered sick (ie. check response delay)



  • id (type: string, allowed: any unique lowercase string, no default) — Unique identifier of the probed service


  • id (type: string, allowed: any unique lowercase string, no default) — Unique identifier of the probed service node
  • mode (type: string, allowed: poll, script, no default) — Probe mode for this node (ie. poll is direct HTTP, TCP or ICMP poll to the URLs set in replicas, while script is used to execute a shell script)
  • replicas (type: array[string], allowed: TCP, ICMP or HTTP URLs, default: empty) — Node replica URLs to be probed (only used if mode is poll)
  • scripts (type: array[string], allowed: shell scripts as source code, default: empty) — Shell scripts to be executed on the system as a Vigil Local sub-process; they are handy to build custom probes (only used if mode is script)


Vigil Local can be run as such:

./vigil-local -c /path/to/config.cfg

🔥 Report A Vulnerability

If you find a vulnerability in Vigil Local, you are more than welcome to report it directly to @valeriansaliou by sending an encrypted email to valerian@valeriansaliou.name. Do not report vulnerabilities in public GitHub issues, as they may be exploited by malicious people to target production servers running an unpatched Vigil Local daemon.

⚠️ You must encrypt your email using @valeriansaliou GPG public key: 🔑valeriansaliou.gpg.pub.asc.


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