Snort Supported OSes

Snort Supported OSes

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Author: Joel Esler


While Snort can compile on almost all *nix based machines, it is not recommended that you compile Snort on a low power or low RAM machine. Snort requires memory to run and to properly analyze as much traffic as possible.


Snort does not officially support any particular OS. However, there are platforms that we do support with Shared Object rules, and Snort has been verified to run, and run well, on the following platforms:


Centos-5-4/i386
Centos-5-4/x86-64
Debian-6-0/i386
Debian-6-0/x86-64
FC-12/i386
FC-12/x86-64
FC-14/i386
FC-14/x86-64
FreeBSD-10-0/i386
FreeBSD-10-0/x86-64
FreeBSD-8-1/i386
FreeBSD-8-1/x86-64
FreeBSD-9-0/i386
FreeBSD-9-0/x86-64
OpenBSD-5-2/i386
OpenBSD-5-2/x86-64
OpenBSD-5-3/i386
OpenBSD-5-3/x86-64
OpenSUSE-11-4/i386
OpenSUSE-11-4/x86-64
OpenSUSE-12-1/i386
OpenSUSE-12-1/x86-64
RHEL-5-5/i386
RHEL-5-5/x86-64
RHEL-6-0/i386
RHEL-6-0/x86-64
Slackware-13-1/x86-64
Ubuntu-10-4/i386
Ubuntu-10-4/x86-64
Ubuntu-12-04/i386
Ubuntu-12-04/x86-64


This list is subject to change at any time, however, we generally support the current version of the above OS, and one back from current.