Downloading & Installing Common SNMP MIBs on Ubuntu

Ubuntu doesn’t ship with snmp installed, nor does it ship with common MIB files that make OID lookup easier. Not only that, by default Ubuntu disables auto-loading of MIB files.

Here are steps to get SNMP working properly on Ubuntu:

# installs SNMP package:
sudo apt-get install snmp
# downloads common SNMP MIBs:
sudo apt-get install snmp-mibs-downloader
# tells Ubuntu to load SNMP MIB files:
sudo sed -i 's/mibs :/# mibs :/g' /etc/snmp/snmp.conf

Now you should be able to lookup your SNMP OIDs and MIBs:

$ snmptranslate -On -IR ifTable
.1.3.6.1.2.1.2.2
$ snmptranslate .1.3.6.1.2.1.2.2
IF-MIB::ifTable