Installation on Ubuntu 18

After obtaining the License Key, please follow the following steps to install IDSTower on Ubuntu 18:

  1. Install MySQL (MariaDb 10.3.x)

    Ubuntu 18 is shipped with an older version of MariaDB, to install the supported version (10.3.x), please follow the following guide: Upgrade to MariaDB Community Server 10.3 on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

  2. 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. Add IDSTower & Ansible repositories

$ sudo wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
$ echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/idstower.list
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt install software-properties-common -y
$ sudo apt-add-repository --yes --update ppa:ansible/ansible
  1. Install IDSTower

$ sudo apt install idstower -y
  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, 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