Installation on CentOS 8/RHEL 8 (EOL)


CentOS 8 reached End Of Life (EOL) on December 31st, 2021, meaning it will no longer receive security updates and patches, and all of the packages repositories have been moved to

Moreover, recent Suricata releases requires recent packages that are not available for this version, please consider upgrading to CentOS Stream 8.

Quick install

After obtaining the License Key, please use the our interactive installation script to quickly install IDSTower:

$ curl -O
$ echo "255683c95c51abf9cf41db2bc88617eab4c872797140731057907f1745598847" \
 | sha256sum -c -
$ bash -i

Manual install

Please follow the following steps to install IDSTower on CentOS 8/RHEL 8:

  1. Make sure your repositories are pointing to

$ sudo cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
$ sudo sed -i 's/mirrorlist/#mirrorlist/g' /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-*
$ sudo sed -i 's|#baseurl=|baseurl=|g' /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-*
  1. Add IDSTower Yum repository

$ sudo bash -c 'cat > /etc/yum.repos.d/idstower.repo << EOF
name = IDSTower
baseurl =\$basearch/
  1. Install EPEL repository and IDSTower

$ sudo yum install epel-release centos-release-ansible-29 -y
$ sudo yum install -y
$ sudo yum install idstower -y
  1. Start MariaDB service

$ sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service
$ sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
$ sudo systemctl status mariadb.service
  1. (Recommended) Run mysql_secure_installation Script

$ sudo /usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation
  1. Edit the appsettings.json configuration file (located in: /opt/idstower/) and set the following settings

    • set the LicenseKey key value with the key you obtained from the license page.

    • set the URL key value with the url you want IDSTower to listen to, example: http://idstower.mydomain.local, this url must be reachable from your Suricata hosts, note that you can use ip addresses as well.

    • set the MySQL Database settings like host, port, database name, username & password via the Database key.

  2. run IDSTower with –init-database option to initialize the database:

$ cd /opt/idstower/
$ sudo ./IDSTower --init-database


If you wish to initialize the database manually, you can find the schema initialization script here:

You can easily import the script by running the following command:

$ sudo mysql -u [username] -p [DatabseName] < idstower_schema_script.sql
  1. Add an admin user to IDSTower:

$ sudo ./IDSTower -a [Your Admin Username]


$ sudo ./IDSTower -a admin
  1. Enable & Start IDSTower Service

$ sudo chown -R idstower:idstower /var/log/idstower/*
$ sudo systemctl enable idstower.service
$ sudo systemctl start idstower.service
  1. Verify that IDSTower Service started correctly

$ sudo systemctl status idstower.service
  1. Make sure your firewall allows ports 80 & 443 (or the ports you are running IDSTower on):

$ sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-service=http
$ sudo firewall-cmd --zone=public --permanent --add-service=https
$ sudo firewall-cmd --reload
  1. Now you can access IDSTower web interface using the url set in your appsettings.json