FireHOL, an iptables stateful packet filtering firewall for humans! FireQOS, a TC based bandwidth shaper for humans!
These instructions are for people who are working with the git repository. There are more general instructions starting with Upgrade Notes.
Cloning Git Repository
The github firehol repository page lists URLs which can be used to clone the repository.
After cloning you should copy the git hooks, for style checking and more:
cp hooks/* .git/hooks
Building Git Repository
./autogen.sh ./configure --enable-maintainer-mode make make install
If you don't want to have to install pandoc you can instead choose to build without documentation or manpages:
./autogen.sh ./configure --disable-doc --disable-man make make install
autogen.sh whenever you change
configure.ac or a
You can run the
sbin/* scripts in-situ provided you have done the
From version 2.0.0-pre6, FireHOL adds combined IPv4/IPv6 support within a single configuration.
If you are upgrading FireHOL from a version earlier than 2.0.0-pre6, please read the upgrade notes.
If you are installing the package from a tar-files release, FireHOL uses the GNU Autotools so you can just do:
./configure make make install
To not have files appear under /usr/local, try something like:
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var make make install
If your O/S does not usually have a
/usr/libexec, you may want
--libexecdir=/usr/lib to the
You can get help on the options available (including disabling unwanted components) by running:
From version 3.0.0 it is no longer recommended to install firehol by copying files, since a function library is now used, in addition to the scripts.
Configuration for FireHOL goes in
Configuration for FireQOS goes in
In the examples directory, you can find examples for both programs.
To start the programs:
firehol start fireqos start
For more details on the command-line options, see the man-pages:
man firehol man fireqos
Read the tutorials on the website for more information and to learn how to configure the programs.
For detailed information on the configuration files, read the manual online, or start with these the man-pages:
man firehol.conf man fireqos.conf
You may want to ensure that FireHOL and FireQOS run at boot-time. If you installed from an distribution package this will be configured in the usual way.
For a tar-file installation, the binaries can often be linked directly
/etc/init.d, since their options are SysVInit compatible. Some
example systemd service files can be found in the contrib folder.
Support and documentation
The main website is http://firehol.org/.
To ask questions please sign up to the mailing list
Man pages, PDF and HTML documentation are provided as part of the package
and can be found in the tarball or in your distribution's standard locations
/usr/share/doc). The latest manual
is also online.
The site has a list of all services supported by FireHOL "out of the box" as well as information on adding new services.
Copyright (C) 2012-2017 Phil Whineray <firstname.lastname@example.org> Copyright (C) 2002-2017 Costa Tsaousis <email@example.com>
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
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