Check feed


This check warns on the newest feed item of an RSS or Atom feed for a given amount of time (default: 3 days). By default the check warns on the newest item published today or older (use --latest to change this behaviour). It strips HTML from the feed message.

With this check, you can acknowledge the warning in IcingaWeb, so that the check changes back to OK. To enable the check plugin to get the ACK status from Icinga and therefore automatically switch to OK, you have to create an Icinga API User like so:

object ApiUser "linuxfabrik-check-api-user" {
  password = "mysupersecretpassword"
  permissions = [ "objects/query/service" ]

Please remember to set a reasonable check interval time. Usually it is a waste of bandwidth to poll feeds more often than each hour.

Fact Sheet

Check Plugin Download

Check Interval Recommendation

Once an hour, or every 4 hours

Can be called without parameters


Compiled for

Linux, Windows

3rd Party Python modules

BeautifulSoup4 (Version 4) with Python module lxml

Handles Periods


Uses SQLite DBs



usage: feed [-h] [-V] [--always-ok]
            [--icinga-service-name ICINGA_SERVICE_NAME]
            [--icinga-password ICINGA_PASSWORD] [--icinga-url ICINGA_URL]
            [--icinga-username ICINGA_USERNAME] [--icinga-callback]
            [--insecure] [--latest] [--no-proxy] [--no-summary]
            [--timeout TIMEOUT] [--url FEED_URL] [-w WARN]

Warns on new feed items of an RSS or Atom feed. Does not warn any more if you
acknowledge the warning in Icingaweb2, and/or if a given amount of time is

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -V, --version         show program's version number and exit
  --always-ok           Always returns OK.
  --icinga-service-name ICINGA_SERVICE_NAME
                        Unique name of the service using this check within
                        Icinga. Take it from the `__name` service attribute,
                        for example `icinga-server!my-service-name`.
  --icinga-password ICINGA_PASSWORD
                        Icinga API password.
  --icinga-url ICINGA_URL
                        Icinga API URL, for example https://icinga-server:5665
  --icinga-username ICINGA_USERNAME
                        Icinga API username.
  --icinga-callback     Get the service acknowledgement from Icinga. Default:
  --insecure            This option explicitly allows to perform "insecure"
                        SSL connections. Default: False
  --latest              Return the newest/latest feed item (may be in the
  --no-proxy            Do not use a proxy. Default: False
  --no-summary          Do not show the feed item summary. Default: False
  --timeout TIMEOUT     Network timeout in seconds. Default: 5 (seconds)
  --url FEED_URL        The Feed URL. Default:
  -w WARN, --warning WARN
                        How long should this check return a warning on new
                        entries? Default: 4320 (minutes)

Usage Examples

./feed --url --warn 1440
./feed --icinga-url https://icinga-host:5665 --icinga-callback --icinga-username linuxfabrik-check-api-user --icinga-password mysupersecretpassword --icinga-service-name 'icinga-host!Feed Service Name' --url


This is an important news item from a RSS feed. (2h 15m ago)

Feed examples

Heise Security Feed (German):

Icinga2 Releases Feed on GitHub:

  • Feed:

  • Run once or twice a day

  • Warn for 24 hours (1440 minutes)

  • No summary please, just the title (the new version string)

  • Usage: ./feed --url --no-summary --warn 1440


  • WARN if current feed item is not acknowledged and not older than a given threshold.

  • Otherwise always returns OK.

Perfdata / Metrics

There is no perfdata.


Python module „BeautifulSoup4“ is not installed.
sudo -u icinga pip3 install --user BeautifulSoup4
Couldn’t find a tree builder with the features you requested: xml. Do you need to install a parser library?
sudo -u icinga pip3 install --user lxml

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