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Suricata Docker Image

Docker Tags (Suricata Versions)

  • master: The latest code from the git master branch
  • latest: The latest release version (currently 7.0)
  • 7.0: The latest 7.0 patch release
  • 6.0: The latest 6.0 patch release

Specific version tags also exist for versions 4.1.5 and newer.


docker pull jasonish/suricata:latest
docker pull jasonish/suricata:6.0.15

Tags without an architecture like amd64 or arm64v8 are multi-architecture image manifests. For the most part Docker will do the right thing, however if you need to pull the image for a specific architecture you can do so by selecting a tag with an architecture in the name, for example:

docker pull jasonish/suricata:latest-amd64
docker pull jasonish/suricata:6.0.4-arm64v8

Alternate Registry

In addition to Docker Hub, these containers are also pushed to and can be pulled like:

docker pull


You will most likely want to run Suricata on a network interface on your host machine rather than the network interfaces normally provided inside a container:

docker run --rm -it --net=host \
    --cap-add=net_admin --cap-add=net_raw --cap-add=sys_nice \
    jasonish/suricata:latest -i <interface>

But you will probably want to see what Suricata logs, so you may want to start it like:

docker run --rm -it --net=host \
    --cap-add=net_admin --cap-add=net_raw --cap-add=sys_nice \
    -v $(pwd)/logs:/var/log/suricata \
	jasonish/suricata:latest -i <interface>

which will map the logs directory (in your current directory) to the Suricata log directory in the container so you can view the Suricata logs from outside the container.


This container will attempt to run Suricata as a non-root user provided the containers has the capabilities to do so. In order to monitor a network interface, and drop root privileges the container must have the sys_nice, net_admin, and net_raw capabilities. If the container detects that it does not have these capabilities, Suricata will be run as root.

Docker example:

docker run --rm -it --net=host \
    --cap-add=net_admin --cap-add=net_raw --cap-add=sys_nice \
    jasonish/suricata:latest -i eth0

Podman example:

sudo podman run --rm -it --net=host \
    --cap-add=net_admin,net_raw,sys_nice \
    jasonish/suricata:latest -i eth0

Note that with podman adding the capabilities is mandatory.


The directory /var/log/suricata is exposed as a volume. Another container can attach it by using the --volumes-from Docker option. For example:

  • Start the Suricata container with a name:

      docker run -it --net=host --name=suricata jasonish/suricata -i enp3s0
  • Start a second container with --volumes-from:

      docker run -it --net=host --volumes-from=suricata logstash /bin/bash

This will expose /var/log/suricata from the Suricata container as /var/log/suricata in the Logstash container.

Log Rotation

Running logrotate inside the Suricata container will do the right thing, for example:

docker exec CONTAINER_ID logrotate /etc/logrotate.d/suricata

to test, logrotate can run in a force and verbose mode:

docker exec CONTAINER_ID logrotate -vf /etc/logrotate.d/suricata


The Suricata container exposes the following volumes:

  • /var/log/suricata - The Suricata log directory.
  • /var/lib/suricata - Rules, Suricata-Update cache and other runtime data that may be useful to retain between runs.
  • /etc/suricata - The configuration directory.

Note: If /etc/suricata is a volume, it will be populated with a default configuration from the container.

If doing bind mounts you may want to have the Suricata user within the container match the UID and GID of a user on the host system. This can be done by setting the PUID and PGID environment variables. For example:

docker run -e PUID=$(id -u) -e PGID=$(id -g)

which will result in the bind mounts being owned by the user starting the Docker container.


The easiest way to provide Suricata a custom configuration is to use a host bind mount for the configuration directory, /etc/suricata. It will be populated on the first run of the container. For example:

mkdir ./etc
docker run --rm -it -v $(pwd)/etc:/etc/suricata jasonish/suricata:latest -V

When the container exits, ./etc will be populated with the default configuration files normally found in /etc/suricata.

Note: The files created in this directory will likely not be owned by the same uid as your host user, so you may need to use sudo to edit this files, or change their permissions.

Hopefully this can be fixed.

In this directory the Suricata configuration can be modified, and Suricata-Update files may be placed. It just needs to be provided as a volume in subsequent runs of Suricata. For example:

docker run --rm -it --net=host \
    -v $(pwd)/etc:/etc/suricata \
    --cap-add=net_admin --cap-add=net_raw --cap-add=sys_nice \
    jasonish/suricata:latest -i eth0

Environment Variables


The SURICATA_OPTIONS environment variable can be used to pass command line options to Suricata. For example:

docker run --net=host -e SURICATA_OPTIONS="-i eno1 -vvv" jasonish/suricata:latest


The easiest way to run Suricata-Update is to run it while the container is running. For example:

In one terminal, start Suricata:

docker run --name=suricata --rm -it --net=host \
    --cap-add=net_admin --cap-add=net_raw --cap-add=sys_nice \
    jasonish/suricata:latest -i eth0

Then in another terminal:

docker exec -it --user suricata suricata suricata-update -f

The will execute suricata-update in the same container that is running Suricata (note --name=suricata), then signal Suricata to reload its rules with suricatasc -c reload-rules.

Raspberry Pi

This image is useable on the Raspberry Pi OS, however due to an incompatibility between Raspberry Pi OS and Docker, the timestamps in the logs will be wrong. There are 2 possible fixes to this issue:

  • Use the --privileged option to Docker
  • Upgrade the libseccomp2 package on Raspberry Pi OS to a newer version from the backports repo.


Initialize a Configuration

Running with an empty volume at /etc/suricata/suricata.yaml will generate default configuration files. Example:

docker run --rm -it -v $(pwd)/etc:/etc/suricata jasonish/suricata:latest -V

This will leave you with a directory containing the default configuration files from the container.


The Dockerfiles and scripts in this repo are designed around building multi-architecture container manifests in a somewhat automated fashion. Due to this the Dockerfiles are not usable as-is.

Building x86_64 (amd64) Images

If all you want to do is build an x86_64 image, the following commands should work:

cd 7.0

If on ARM64:

cd 7.0
ARCH=arm64v8 ../

It is planned to keep the Dockerfiles in a state that are directly usable without any wrapper scripts.

Prepare to Build ARM images on x86_64

docker run --rm --privileged multiarch/qemu-user-static --reset -p yes


The build scripts, Dockerfiles and any other files in this repo are MIT licensed.