Skip to content

Grouping Devices

LibreNMS supports grouping your devices together in much the same way as you can configure alerts. This document will hopefully help you get started.


Patterns work in the same way as Entities within the alerting system, the format of the pattern is based on the MySQL structure your data is in. Such as tablename.columnname. If you already know the entity you want, you can browse around inside MySQL using show tables and desc <tablename>.

As a working example and a common question, let's assume you want to group devices by hostname. If your hostname format is dcX.[devicetype] You would use the pattern devices.hostname. Select the condition which in this case would be Like and then enter dc1\..*\ This would then match, but not


As with alerts, the Like operation allows MySQL Regular expressions.

A list of common entities is maintained in our Alerting docs.


Please see our Alerting docs for explanations.


If you only want to group based on one pattern then select And. If however you want to build a group based on multiple patterns then you can build a SQL like query using And / Or.

As an example, we want to base our group on the devices hostname AND it's type. Use the pattern as before, devices.hostname, select the condition which in this case would be Like and then enter [email protected] then click And. Now enter devices.type in the pattern, select Equals and enter firewall. This would then match but not as that is a network type.

Device Groups

You can now select this group from the Devices -> All Devices link in the navigation at the top. You can also use the group to map alert rules to by creating an alert mapping Overview -> Alerts -> Rule Mapping.