HowTo Install iStat in FreeBSD for Server Monitoring

January 11, 2011 — by NeoTech0

iStats for iPhone can be used to remotely monitor your Mac or Mac server. See your iPhone’s stats for battery, memory, disk space, Wi-Fi and Cell IP addresses, uptime & load averages.
No only you can monitor you Mac, but also for other OS (Linux, Solaris & FreeBSD) as well. Assuming you’ve download the iStats app from iTunes App Store, here’s how you can access and monitor your FreeBSD server via these simple steps.
  1. Download the file here (
  2. tar -vxzf istatsd-0.5.7.tar.gz #uncompress the package assuming you’ve downloaded iStats version 0.5.7
  3. cd istatd-0.5.7 #go into the uncompressed directory
  4. ./configure #start compiling
  5. make
  6. make install
  7. mkdir -p /var/{run,cache}/istat
  8. adduser istat #add user istat
  9. chown istat:istat /var/{run,cache}/istat #set permission of user & group for the created folder
  10. vi /etc/istat.conf #remember to change the server code (your password to access iStat)
  11. /usr/local/bin/istatd -d #start the iStat as daemon

P/S : The service is listening on port 5190 so please make sure the firewall allows it.

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