Fetch Crowdsec's latest version here.

tar xvzf crowdsec-release.tgz
cd crowdsec-v0.X.X

A wizard is provided to help you deploy Crowdsec and cscli.

Using the interactive wizard

sudo ./ -i


The wizard is going to guide you through the following steps :

  • detect services that are present on your machine
  • detect selected services logs
  • suggest collections (parsers and scenarios) to deploy
  • deploy & configure Crowdsec in order to watch selected logs for selected scenarios

The process should take less than a minute, please report if there are any issues.

You are then ready to take a tour of your freshly deployed Crowdsec !

Binary installation

you of little faith

sudo ./ --bininstall

This will deploy a valid/empty Crowdsec configuration files and binaries. Beware, in this state, Crowdsec won't monitor/detect anything unless configured.

cscli install collection crowdsecurity/linux

Installing at least the crowdsecurity/linux collection will provide you :

  • syslog parser
  • geoip enrichment
  • date parsers

You will need as well to configure your acquisition file to feed Crowdsec some logs.

From source


  • Go v1.13+
  • git clone
  • jq

Go in Crowdsec folder and build the binaries :

cd crowdsec
make build

Crowdsec bin will be located in ./cmd/crowdsec/crowdsec and cscli bin in cmd/crowdsec-cli/cscli

Now, you can install either with interactive wizard or the unattended mode.


The wizard itself comes with a --upgrade option, that will upgrade existing crowdsec version.

If you have installed crowdsec v0.1.0 and you downloaded v0.1.1, you can run sudo ./ --upgrade from the extracted v0.1.1 version. (note: the wizard doesn't yet download the latest version, you have to download it)

The wizard takes care of backing up configurations on your behalf, and puts them into an archive :

  • backup your parsers,scenarios,collections, either from hub or your local ones
  • simulation configuration
  • API credentials
  • acquisition.yaml file
  • plugin(s) configuration

It will then install the new/current crowdsec version, and restore everything that has been backed up!

$ sudo ./ --upgrade
[10/05/2020:11:27:34 AM][INF] crowdsec_wizard: Backing up existing configuration
WARN[0000] Starting configuration backup                
INFO[0000] saving, version:0.1, up-to-date:true          file=crowdsecurity/syslog-logs type=parsers
INFO[0000] Wrote 7 entries for parsers to /tmp/tmp.z54P27aaW0/parsers//upstream-parsers.json  file=crowdsecurity/geoip-enrich type=parsers
INFO[0000] Wrote 0 entries for postoverflows to /tmp/tmp.z54P27aaW0/postoverflows//upstream-postoverflows.json  file=crowdsecurity/seo-bots-whitelist type=postoverflows
INFO[0000] Wrote 9 entries for scenarios to /tmp/tmp.z54P27aaW0/scenarios//upstream-scenarios.json  file=crowdsecurity/smb-bf type=scenarios
INFO[0000] Wrote 4 entries for collections to /tmp/tmp.z54P27aaW0/collections//upstream-collections.json  file=crowdsecurity/vsftpd type=collections
INFO[0000] Saved acquis to /tmp/tmp.z54P27aaW0/acquis.yaml 
INFO[0000] Saved default yaml to /tmp/tmp.z54P27aaW0/default.yaml 
INFO[0000] Saved configuration to /tmp/tmp.z54P27aaW0   
INFO[0000] Stop docker metabase /crowdsec-metabase      
[10/05/2020:11:27:36 AM][INF] crowdsec_wizard: Removing crowdsec binaries
[10/05/2020:11:27:36 AM][INF] crowdsec_wizard: crowdsec successfully uninstalled
[10/05/2020:11:27:36 AM][INF] crowdsec_wizard: Installing crowdsec
[10/05/2020:11:27:36 AM][INF] crowdsec_wizard: Restoring configuration
INFO[0004] Restore acquis to /etc/crowdsec/config/acquis.yaml 
INFO[0004] Restoring  '/tmp/tmp.z54P27aaW0/plugins/backend/database.yaml' to '/etc/crowdsec/plugins/backend/database.yaml' 
[10/05/2020:11:27:41 AM][INF] crowdsec_wizard: Restoring saved database
[10/05/2020:11:27:41 AM][INF] crowdsec_wizard: Finished, restarting

As usual, if you experience any issues, let us know :)


You can uninstall crowdsec using the wizard : sudo ./ --uninstall