Installation on Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic)

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 Ubuntu 18.04:

  1. Add IDSTower repository

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install -y curl gnupg2
$ curl -s | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/idstower.gpg > /dev/null
$ echo "deb [arch=amd64,arm64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/idstower.gpg] stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/idstower.list
  1. Add MariaDB 10.6 repository

$ source /etc/os-release && echo "deb [arch=amd64,arm64] ${VERSION_CODENAME} main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mariadb.list
$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys F1656F24C74CD1D8
  1. Add Ansible repository

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install software-properties-common -y
$ sudo apt-add-repository --yes --update ppa:ansible/ansible
  1. Install IDSTower

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install mariadb-server idstower -y
  1. Start MariaDB service

$ sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service
$ sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
$ sudo systemctl status mariadb.service
  1. (Recommended) Run mariadb-secure-installation Script

$ sudo /usr/bin/mariadb-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. Now you can access IDSTower web interface using the url set in your appsettings.json