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Published: Apr 12, 2021 License: MIT Imports: 7 Imported by: 0


UDM-Pro Memory Monitor

Patrick Wagstrom <patrick@wagstrom.net>

April 2021


This is a really simple script that was developed for one purpose, to periodically check the amount of free memory left on my UDM-Pro and restart unifi-os if it's getting out of control.

Why would I need this? Well, one or more of the apps has a memory leak, which makes it so sometimes my system performance looks like this:

Memory goes up, until it crashes

When this happens my whole network goes down for a few minutes as the UDM-Pro has to reboot. Maybe there's some switching that can happen for things that already have resolved ARP for local connections, but nothing else. Work meetings stop. And that's just not acceptable.

This "fixes" the problem by logging into the UDM Pro on a regular basis and restarting the services if memory is below a given threshold.


This program supports three different types of authentication over SSH:

  • username/password (least secure)
  • SSH key
  • ssh-agent

In all three cases, you must have the host key for your UDM-Pro already in your ~/.ssh/known_hosts file - this can be accomplished by SSHing into your UDM-Pro manually once before running the program.

Command Line Arguments

  • -agent: Use a running instance of ssh-agent for authentication.
  • -daemon: Keeps the program running with a timeout loop between executions. Yes, I know that strictly speaking this isn't running the program as a daemon. This defaults to false.
  • -delay <SECONDS>: Number of time, in seconds, to wait between SSH commands when running daemon mode. This defaults to 600 seconds.
  • -host <HOSTNAME OR IP>: The hostname or IP address of your UDM-Pro. This defaults to
  • -keyfile <FILENAME>: If you're using an SSH key to authenticate, this is the location of that key file on your local filesystem.
  • -keypass <PASSPHRASE>: If applicable, the passphrase needed to unlock your SSH key. This is only used with the -keyfile authentication. Not needed if your key doesn't have a passphrase associated with it.
  • -memavailable <KILOBYTES>: the minimum amount of available memory needed on your UDM-Pro to initiate a restart of unifi-os. This defaults to 200000. If this is set too high, you'll be restarting too often. If it is set too low, you'll end up running out of memory.
  • -password <PASSWORD>: Although this is not preferred, the application allows you connect with a username/password combination. Note, if you use this option, your SSH password will likely be visible in local logs, command line history, etc. Setting this option forces authentication to username/password.
  • -user <USERNAME>: The username to use to connect to the UDM-Pro. This defaults to root and is only used if -password is set.

Example Usage

SSH Key with Passphrase
/udm-pro-memory-monitor -keyfile ~/.ssh/id_rsa -keypass "swordfish"
Username/Password on a different Hostname
./udm-pro-memory-monitor -password "SECRET_unifi_ROOT_password" -host
Using SSH Agent and Daemon Mode with a 5 Minute Delay and Minimum of 512MiB of Remaining RAM
./udm-pro-memory-monitor -agent -memavailable 524288 -daemon -delay 300


udm-pro-memory-monitor requires golang v1.15 or greater due to the use of regexp.SubexpIndex for matching of named groups in regular expressions.

If you'd just like to build it on your local machine:

go build

Using UDM-Pro Memory Monitor with Docker

The project also provides a Dockerfile for building a lightweight Docker image of the project. Using this you can run the application through docker-compose or whatever else you use to manage executions in your environment. There's probably some fancy way you could even run this on the UDM-pro itself.

If you're running natively on a Linux machine, you can use the following command to even pass through your existing ssh-agent instance.

docker build . -t pridkett/udm-pro-memory-monitor
docker run -it --rm --name monitor \
       -v $(dirname $SSH_AUTH_SOCK):$(dirname $SSH_AUTH_SOCK) \
       -v ~/.ssh/known_hosts:/root/.ssh/known_hosts:ro \
       pridkett/udm-pro-memory-monitor /go/bin/udm-pro-memory-monitor -agent

If you're on a Mac or other platform, you can choose to use the other authentication mechanisms:

docker build . -t pridkett/udm-pro-memory-monitor
docker run -it --rm --name monitor \
       -v ~/.ssh/id_rsa:/root/.ssh/id_rsa:ro \
       -v ~/.ssh/known_hosts:/root/.ssh/known_hosts:ro \
       pridkett/udm-pro-memory-monitor \
       /bin/sh -c '/go/bin/udm-pro-memory-monitor -keyfile /root/.ssh/id_rsa -keypass $KEY_PASS'

If you're wondering about what mechanism for authentication to use, I use a dedicated SSH key without a passphrase that I run from a RaspberryPi. If someone can compromise that system, they'd be able to find the password for the SSH key somewhere on the filesystem or in memory anyway, this at least makes it less complicated for me to manage.


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