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Amsterdam is SELKS and Docker using Compose. The result of Amsterdam is a set of containers providing a complete Suricata IDS/NSM ecosystem:

The ELK stack is created using the official docker images. Communication between logstash and suricata is done via a share directory (from the host). The same applies to scirius and suricata where the /etc/suricata/rules directory is shared.



You can install amsterdam from the source directory by running

sudo python install

Or you can use pip to install latest released version

sudo pip install amsterdam


You need to install Docker. On Debian

sudo apt-get install docker-compose python-pip python-docker
sudo pip install amsterdam


On Ubuntu, you can run

sudo apt-get install python-pip
sudo pip install amsterdam


To sniff the wlan0 interface and store data and config in the ams directory, you can run

amsterdam -d ams -i wlan0 setup
amsterdam -d ams start

As of now the start command will take really long on first run as it will fetch from Docker hub all the necessary images and build some custom containers.

Subsequent run should take less than 1 minute.

You can then connect to:

The HTTPS server is accessible from outside so you can connect to IP or hostname from there. So don't forget to change the default password.

To stop the amsterdam instance, run

amsterdam -d ams stop

To remove an amsterdam instance in directory hacklu, run

amsterdam -d ~/builds/amsterdam/hacklu/ rm

and remove the data directory if you want to delete data.


Updating amsterdam

For installation done via, you can just update the source code and rerun the installation procedure

git pull
sudo python install

For installation done via pip, one can run

pip install --upgrade --no-deps amsterdam

Updating an instance

When code is updated (new suricata package or new ELK versions), you can run (supposing your suricata listen on eth0)

amsterdam -d ams -i eth0 update

Then, you can restart the services

amsterdam -d ams restart

To do a complete update including Docker recipes and configuration files

amsterdam -d ams -f -i eth0 update

Tuning and coding

The configuration are stored in the config directory. For now only scirius, logstash and suricata are configured that way.

Running Scirius from latest git

To do so, simply edit docker-compose.yml in the data directory and uncomment and set the path to the scirius source tree. You will also need to copy the in config/scirius directory to in scirius subdirectory of your scirius source.

Once done, you can restart the services

amsterdam -d ams restart

Run a migration inside the container

docker exec ams_scirius_1 python /opt/selks/scirius/ migrate


Backups in the scirius container are shared with the host. /var/backups directory is shared in $basepath/backups on the host.

To start a backup, run

docker exec ams_scirius_1 python /opt/selks/scirius/ scbackup

To restore a backup and erase all your data, you can run

docker exec ams_scirius_1 python /opt/selks/scirius/ screstore
docker exec ams_scirius_1 python /opt/selks/scirius/ migrate

This will restore the latest backup. To choose another backup, indicate a backup filename as first argument. To get list of available backup, use

docker exec ams_scirius_1 python /opt/selks/scirius/ listbackups

You can not restore a backup to a scirius which is older than the one where the backup has been done.

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