Uptime-Kuma is a free, open-source, self-hosted monitoring tool written in Nodejs. It provides a web-based interface and supports multiple notification methods including Webhooks, Telegram, Discord, Gotify, Slack, Pushover, Email (SMTP), and more. Uptime-Kumacan monitor the uptime of remote hosts or servers via TCP, Ping, and HTTPS. If you are looking for a tool to monitor the uptime of remote servers, then Uptime-Kuma is the best tool for you.

In this post, we will show you how to install the Uptime-Kuma uptime monitoring tool on Ubuntu 20.04.

Step 1 – Install Nodejs

Uptime-Kuma is written in Node.js, so you will need to install Node.js to your server.

First, install the necessary dependencies using the following command.

apt-get install -y ca-certificates curl gnupg

Next, download the Node.js GPG key.

mkdir -p /etc/apt/keyrings
curl -fsSL https://deb.nodesource.com/gpgkey/nodesource-repo.gpg.key | gpg --dearmor -o /etc/apt/keyrings/nodesource.gpg

Next, add the NodeSource repo to the APT source list.

echo "deb [signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/nodesource.gpg] https://deb.nodesource.com/node_18.x nodistro main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nodesource.list

Then, update the repository index and install the Ndoe.js with the following command.

apt update
apt-get install -y nodejs

Next, verify the Node.js version using the following command.

node -v



Step 2 – Install Uptime-Kuma

You can download the latest version of Uptime-Kuma from the GitHub repository using the following command:

git clone https://github.com/louislam/uptime-kuma.git

Once the download is completed, change the directory to uptime-kuma and set up it with the following command:

cd uptime-kuma/
npm run setup

Step 3 – Run Uptime-Kuma with pm2

pm2 is a process manager for Node.js. It allows you to run Node.js applications and keep them alive. You can install pm2 using the NPM as shown below:

npm install pm2@latest -g

Once the pm2 is installed, change the directory to uptime-kuma and run it using the following command:

pm2 start npm --name uptime-kuma -- run start-server -- --port=3001 --hostname=

You will get the following output:

[PM2] Spawning PM2 daemon with pm2_home=/root/.pm2
[PM2] PM2 Successfully daemonized
[PM2] Starting /usr/bin/npm in fork_mode (1 instance)
[PM2] Done.
│ id  │ name           │ namespace   │ version │ mode    │ pid      │ uptime │ ↺    │ status    │ cpu      │ mem      │ user     │ watching │
│ 0   │ uptime-kuma    │ default     │ N/A     │ fork    │ 14381    │ 0s     │ 0    │ online    │ 0%       │ 20.2mb   │ root     │ disabled │

You can check the application logs using the following command:

pm2 logs

You will get the following output:

0|uptime-k | Database Patched Successfully
0|uptime-k | JWT secret is not found, generate one.
0|uptime-k | Stored JWT secret into database
0|uptime-k | No user, need setup
0|uptime-k | Adding route
0|uptime-k | Adding socket handler
0|uptime-k | Init the server
0|uptime-k | Listening on 3001

Next, enable the Node.js application to start after the system reboot:

pm2 startup


Command list
[ 'systemctl enable pm2-root' ]
[PM2] Writing init configuration in /etc/systemd/system/pm2-root.service
[PM2] Making script booting at startup...
[PM2] [-] Executing: systemctl enable pm2-root...
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/pm2-root.service → /etc/systemd/system/pm2-root.service.
[PM2] [v] Command successfully executed.
[PM2] Freeze a process list on reboot via:
$ pm2 save

[PM2] Remove init script via:
$ pm2 unstartup systemd

Next, save your application state using the following command:

pm2 save

Step 4 – Configure Apache as a Reverse Proxy for Uptime-Kuma

Next, you will need to install and configure the Apache as a reverse proxy for Uptime-Kuma.

First, install the Apache package with the following command:

apt-get install apache2 -y

Once the Apache web server is installed, enable the required modules with the following command:

a2enmod ssl proxy proxy_ajp proxy_wstunnel proxy_http rewrite deflate headers proxy_balancer proxy_connect proxy_html

Next, create a virtual host configuration file for Uptime-Kuma:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/uptime-kuma.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
  ServerName kuma.example.com

  ProxyPass / http://localhost:3001/
  RewriteEngine on
  RewriteCond %{HTTP:Upgrade} websocket [NC]
  RewriteCond %{HTTP:Connection} upgrade [NC]
  RewriteRule ^/?(.*) "ws://localhost:3001/$1" [P,L]

Save and close the file, then activate the Apache virtual host configuration file with the following command:

a2ensite uptime-kuma

Finally, restart the Apache service to apply the changes:

systemctl restart apache2

Step 5 – Access Uptime-Kuma Web Interface

Now, open your web browser and access the Uptime-Kuma web interface using the URL http://kuma.example.com. You should see the following screen:
Kuma setting up admin password
Here, create your administrative user, set your password, and click on the Create button. You will be redirected to the Kuma dashboard screen:
Kuma dashboard
Now, click on the Add New Monitor to add a remote host that you want to monitor. You should see the following screen:
Kuma add monitoring host page1
Kuma add monitoring host page2

Provide all necessary information and click on the Save button. You should see the Uptime of your remote host on the following screen:
Kuma monitoring host dashboard


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Uptime-Kuma uptime monitoring tool on Ubuntu 20.04. You can now add more remote hosts and monitor them from a single location. Try it on dedicated hosting from Atlantic.Net!