How To Install ClamAV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install ClamAV on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial we will show you how to install ClamAV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, ClamAV is an open source (GPL) antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware, adwares, rootkits and other malicious threats on Linux. It’s easy to use and best for Linux based Web and Mail server.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation ClamAV on a Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) server.

Install ClamAV on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt commands in the terminal.

Step 2. Installing ClamAV on Ubuntu 20.04.

The default Ubuntu 20.04 repositories contains the latest stable release version of ClamAV. You can simply install it and its utilities by using the command below:

Step 3. Update the ClamAV Signature Database.

Once installed, you need am updated virus database. There are two options for updating ClamAV database:

  • clamav-freshclam: updates the database from Internet. This is recommended with Internet access.
  • Offline update for systems with no direct internet access.

Update virus database with Freshclam:

It’ll take a few minutes to complete. When it’s done, restart the service:

Clamscan CLI options and example Usage:

Print help information using -h or –help option:

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed ClamAV. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing ClamAV open source antivirus engine in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official ClamAV website.

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