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# Sol1 Releases Meerkat - Next Generation Dashboards for Icinga2
If you need unfamiliar users to see at a glance what is important and how it is laid out, Meerkat is the tool for you.
Meerkat is a lightweight Go and Javascript Icinga2 client, that connects to the API and displays the status of various checks using elements, like cards, SVGs or images. It can even play sounds, making the ultimate sysadmin soundboard! It is quick and easy to setup and use, simply grab the docker container, or build from source.
Meerkat is a lightweight Go and Javascript Icinga2 client, that connects to the API and displays the status of various checks using elements, like cards, SVGs or images. It can even play sounds, making for the ultimate sysadmin soundboard! It is quick and easy to setup and use, simply grab the docker container, or build from source.
![Meerkat World Map](docs/meerkat_world_map.png)
### Using Meerkat
Once you have Meerkat up and running, you will want to create your first dashboard. Its probably best to have a sensible background first. The background needs to be a browser displayable image, even an animated gif is possible! We have used diagram tools (Lucidchart/Draw.io) for backgrounds, pictures of racks, world maps etc. It helps if you have thought about how you want the checks and background image to overlay together beforehand. You can author the background image in any program that can produce image files that browsers can display, we have tested png, jpeg, webp and gif.
Once you have Meerkat up and running, you will want to create your first dashboard. It's probably best to have a sensible background first. The background needs to be a browser displayable image, even an animated gif is possible! We have used diagram tools (Lucidchart/Draw.io) for backgrounds, pictures of racks, world maps etc. It helps if you have thought about how you want the checks and background image to overlay together beforehand. You can author the background image in any program that can produce image files that browsers can display, we have tested png, jpeg, webp and gif.
1) Make a new dashboard by clicking Create New Dashboard button and giving it a name. Dashboards can then be edited and viewed from the main page.
2) Edit your dashboard and add a Background Image.
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