The Snort Community


With over 4 million downloads and nearly 400,000 registered users, Snort has become the most widely deployed intrusion detection technology worldwide. As the de facto standard for intrusion detection and prevention, Snort is integrated into hundreds of third-party solutions.

The power and reach of Snort is due in large part to the influence and scope of the Snort user community. Aside from the seasoned developers at Sourcefire, there are literally thousands of experienced programmers adding to the functionality and rule sets. By leveraging the “many eyeballs” theory that was popularized by Eric Raymond and used to launch Linux to success in the operating systems market, people in the open source Snort community worldwide can detect and respond to bugs and other security threats more quickly and efficiently than in a “closed” environment.

Get Involved

There are many ways developers and non-developers can get involved with the Snort Community. Here are a few:

  • Join the Snort-Devel mailing list and submit code
  • Answer other user questions on the Mailing Lists and IRC
  • The official Snort IRC Channel is: #snort on
  • Provide feedback on Snort or the website
  • Contribute or update setup guides or other documentation
  • Submit bug reports to the Snort team
  • Submit rules false positives to the VRT
  • Join or start a local user group
  • Participate live in the Snort Users Webinar Series