How To Install Darkstat on Debian 8

If you are looking for a reliable and user-friendly tool to monitor the status of networks and devices on Linux systems, then Darkstat is the perfect solution for you. It is a free and lightweight software that enables real-time monitoring of network traffic on your organization's servers, as well as in home networks.

What is Darkstat?

Darkstat offers a range of features that make it an ideal tool for network monitoring. It supports IPv6 addresses and allows the generation of graphics of network traffic, reports of individual equipment, ports, and more. Additionally, it is portable, light, and efficient, making it easy to install and use.

Overall, Darkstat is a powerful and reliable tool that can help organizations and individuals monitor their networks and devices effectively. Its user-friendly interface and comprehensive features make it an essential tool for information security professionals, system administrators, and home users alike.

Install Darkstat

To install Darkstat on computers with CentOS, RHEL, or Fedora operating systems, users can simply enter the following command. 

sudo yum install darkstat

For installation on computers with Debian, Ubuntu will enter the following command:

sudo apt-get install darkstat

However, it is recommended to watch a tutorial or follow a step-by-step guide to ensure proper installation and configuration.

Setting up the Darkstat tool

Once we have correctly installed darkstat we proceed to its configuration, the configuration file of the tool is found in the route:


We can open the file with the desired text editor (Vi, nano or Gedit).

nano /etc/darkstat/init.cfg

We will see that the following:

In this window we must modify the line “START_DARKSTAT” from no to yes and verify that the following lines are uncommented (#):


If we want to specify a particular IP address, we must adjust the BINDIP field. Save the changes in the editor using the key combination Ctrl + O and left thereof using Ctrl + X.

Starting the Darkstat service

Once we have made the necessary changes, we restart the darkstat service using the following command:

sudo /etc/init.d/darkstat start

We can configure darkstat to start automatically using the following command:

chkconfig darkstat on

Access the Darkstat tool

Once we have all the parameters configured, we can access the Darkstat tool in the following way:

Access the browser and enter the following:


We will see that the next window is displayed:

From there we can access the different reports of the network or the computers in our network. As we can see, this tool is handy to validate the traffic and the behavior of the net, either at an organizational level or a domestic level.

Let’s take advantage of the diverse tools that we can implement in our Linux equipment and explore its use to the maximum.

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