Installing and configuring fprobe

On the test, I will install the fprobe sensor, which will collect statistics from network interfaces and transmit it to the collector.

Switch to the root user:

sudo su

You can install fprobe on Ubuntu/Debian with the command:

apt-get install fprobe

To configure fprobe, open its configuration file:

nano /etc/default/fprobe

And for example, we indicate:


The INTERFACE line indicates from which interface to intercept traffic, if necessary on all available ones, then specify “any”.
FLOW_COLLECTOR indicates the IP address and port on which the collector receives UDP packets.
OTHER_ARGS indicates other options. In this case, a filter is specified that selects only IP packets (ARP packets will not be taken into account).

Restart fprobe to apply the changes:

service fprobe restart

Check if fprobe is running and the collector is running:

service fprobe status
netstat -anpl |grep fprobe
ps ax | grep fprobe
netstat -anpl |grep 555

Make sure that it is added to startup at startup of the operating system:

systemctl is-enabled fprobe.service
systemctl enable fprobe.service

You can use flow-tools as a collector, see also my article:
Installing and using flow-tools

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