In the world of network security, intrusion detection systems (IDS) play a crucial role. One of the most popular IDS out there is Snort. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of setting up Snort on a Linux system.

What is Snort?

Snort is an open-source intrusion detection system that can perform real-time traffic analysis and packet logging. It’s capable of detecting attacks and probes, such as buffer overflows, stealth port scans, and CGI attacks, among others. You can learn more about Snort on its official website.


  • A Linux system (this tutorial uses Ubuntu 18.04)
  • Basic knowledge of Linux commands
  • Root or sudo access

Step 1: Update Your System

Before we start, it’s always a good idea to update your system. You can do this by running the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2: Install Dependencies

Snort has a few dependencies that need to be installed first. Run the following command to install them:

sudo apt-get install -y build-essential libpcap-dev libpcre3-dev libdumbnet-dev zlib1g-dev openssl libssl-dev

Step 3: Download and Install Snort

Now, we’re ready to download and install Snort. Use the commands below:

tar xvzf snort-2.9.12.tar.gz
cd snort-2.9.12
./configure --enable-sourcefire
sudo make install

Step 4: Configure Snort

After installation, we need to configure Snort. This involves setting up network variables, rules, and more. Detailed instructions can be found in the Snort documentation.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed and configured Snort on your Linux system. Remember, maintaining a secure network involves regular updates and monitoring. Stay safe!