How To Install Darkstat on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Darkstat on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Darkstat on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Darkstat is a cross-platform, lightweight, simple, real-time network statistics tool that captures network traffic, computes statistics concerning usage, and serves the reports over HTTP. Darkstat supports IPv6 protocol and asynchronous reverse DNS resolution.

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 the step-by-step installation of the Darkstat web-based Linux network traffic analyzer on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Darkstat on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install curl gnupg2 unzip git

Step 2. Installing Darkstat on Ubuntu 20.04.

By default, Darkstat is available from the default Ubuntu base repository. Now run the following command below to install it:

sudo apt install darkstat

Step 3. Configure Darkstat.

Note that for the purpose of this tutorial, we will only explain mandatory as well as important configuration options for you to start using this tool.

Now we edit the Darkstat main configuration:

nano /etc/darkstat/init.cfg

Change the following lines:

INTERFACE="-i eth0"
PORT="-p 666"
DAYLOG="--daylog darkstat.log"

Save and close a file, then run the following command to restart Darkstat service daemon:

sudo systemctl restart darkstat

Step 4. Configure Firewall.

By default, Darkstat listens on port 666, so open the port on the firewall to allow access using following command:

sudo ufw allow 666/tcp
sudo ufw reload

Step 5. Accessing Darkstat Web Interface.

Once successfully installed, open your web browser and access the Darkstat web interface using the URL http://your-server-ip-address:666. You should see the following screen:

Install Darkstat on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Darkstat. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Darkstat web-based Linux network traffic analyzer on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Darkstat website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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