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Suricata is a high performance Network IDS, IPS and Network Security Monitoring engine. Open Source and owned by a community run non-profit foundation, the Open Information Security Foundation (OISF). Suricata is developed by the OISF and its supporting vendors.


Install the suricataAUR package.


The main configuration file is /etc/suricata/suricata.yaml.

You should change the following parts of the configuration in order to make it run:

  default-log-dir: /var/log/suricata/     # where you want to store log files
  classification-file: /etc/suricata/classification.config
  reference-config-file: /etc/suricata/reference.config
  HOME_NET: "[]"                # your local network
  host-os-policy:   ..                    # according to the OS running the ips
  magic-file: /usr/share/file/misc/magic.mgc

Web interface

You may use Scirius CE [1] or SELKS [2] as web interface for rule management, log analysis, and other sensor management options.

Starting Suricata

Manual startup

You may start the suricata service manually with: # /usr/bin/suricata -c /etc/suricata/suricata.yaml -i eth0

systemd service configuration

To start Suricata automatically at system boot, enable suricata.service.