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Ntop is a network traffic probe based on libcap, that offers RMON-like network traffic statistics accessible via a web browser.

Installation and configuration

Install ntop from the official repositories. The first run of ntop, you must set the admin password:

# ntop

Next, you need to edit the configuration file (/etc/conf.d/ntop) to adapt on your needs. Below is an example configuration, with the focus on the host to get as much as information from the hosts connections:

# Parameters to be passed to ntop.
NTOP_ARGS="-K -W 2323 -i enp1s0,wlp2s0 -M -s -4 -6 -s -u ntop -c -r 30 -w3c -t 3 -a /var/log/ntop/http.log -O /var/log/ntop/ -q --skip-version-check 0"

# Location of the log file.

Start the ntop systemd service and if you want to start ntop at boot, enable it.

Tips and tricks

Web interface

To access ntop's web interface, enter into your web browser. To make changes to the server, you will need to enter your username (default = admin) and password.

If ntop is not just used locally on your machine, but network wide by multiple users, you'd be better off by allowing SSL connections (https) only.

# ntop -w 4223

Additional paramethers are allowed. Now direct our browser to

You can also provide ntop with your own SSL certificate. Simply put it in ntop's config directory and name it ntop-cert.pem

# cd /etc/ntop/
# openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 
  \-subj '/C=US/L=Portland/CN=swim' 
  \-newkey rsa:1024 -keyout ntop-cert.pem -out ntop-cert.pem

Group and user

In order that the -u parameter is able to work properly and to secure your ntop setup a bit more, you should create an own group and user for it.

# useradd -M -s /sbin/nologin ntop
# passwd -l ntop
Note: The passwd command here is optional, but recommended, as it will render the system more secure regarding your sshd.


**ERROR** RRD: Disabled - unable to create base directory (err 13, /var/lib/ntop/rrd)

Directory /var/lib/ntop/rrd/ may not exist. Create it and make sure it belongs to user nobody.

Please enable make sure that the ntop html/ directory is properly installed

If you receive this warning while trying to access the web interface, edit /etc/conf.d/ntop to include your IP and restart the daemon. For example:

NTOP_ARGS="-i enp1s0 -w"

This is the IP you will use to access the web interface.