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:


Alpine 3.10/i386
Alpine 3.10/x86-64
Centos-6-9/i386
Centos-6-9/x86-64
Centos-7-4/i386
Centos-7-4/x86-64
Debian-8/i386
Debian-8/x86-64
Debian-9/i386
Debian-9/x86-64
Fedora Core 27/x86-64
Fedora Core 30/x86-64
FreeBSD-11-1/i386
FreeBSD-11-1/x86-64
FreeBSD-12-0/x86-64
OpenBSD-6-2/i386
OpenBSD-6-2/x86-64
OpenBSD-6-4/i386
OpenBSD-6-4/x86-64
OpenBSD-6-5/i386
OpenBSD-6-5/x86-64
OpenSUSE LEAP 15.0/x86-64
OpenSUSE LEAP 15.1/x86-64
OpenSUSE LEAP 42.3/x86-64
RHEL-6-0/i386
RHEL-6-0/x86-64
RHEL-7-0/x86-64
RHEL-8-0/x86-64
Slackware-14.2/x86-64
Ubuntu 14.04.5/i386
Ubuntu 14/04/5/x86-64
Ubuntu 16.04.3/i386
Ubuntu 16.04.3/x86-64
Ubuntu 17.10.1/i386
Ubuntu 17.10.1/x86-64
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 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.