Wazuh single-node cluster

This document will go through the installation of the Wazuh server components in a single-node cluster.


You need root user privileges to run all the commands described below.


Before installing the Wazuh servers and Filebeat, some extra packages must be installed:

Install all the necessary packages:

# yum install zip unzip curl

Install all the necessary packages:

# apt-get install lsb-release curl apt-transport-https zip unzip gnupg

Installing Wazuh server

The Wazuh server collects and analyzes data from deployed agents. It runs the Wazuh manager, the Wazuh API and Filebeat. The first step in setting up Wazuh is adding Wazuh repository to the server. Alternatively, the Wazuh manager package can be downloaded directly, and compatible versions can be checked here.

Adding the Wazuh repository

  1. Import the GPG key:

    # rpm --import https://packages.wazuh.com/key/GPG-KEY-WAZUH
  2. Add the repository:

    # cat > /etc/yum.repos.d/wazuh.repo << EOF
    name=EL-\$releasever - Wazuh
  1. For this, the curl, apt-transport-https and lsb-release packages must be installed on the system. The zip package will be necessary for the certificates management. If they are not already present, they must be installed using the commands below:

    # apt-get update
    # apt-get install curl apt-transport-https lsb-release unzip
  2. Install the GPG key:

    # curl -s https://packages.wazuh.com/key/GPG-KEY-WAZUH | gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring gnupg-ring:/usr/share/keyrings/wazuh.gpg --import && chmod 644 /usr/share/keyrings/wazuh.gpg
  3. Add the repository:

    # echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/wazuh.gpg] https://packages.wazuh.com/4.x/apt/ stable main" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wazuh.list
  4. Update the package information:

    # apt-get update

Installing the Wazuh manager

  1. Install the Wazuh manager package:

    # yum install wazuh-manager
    # apt-get install wazuh-manager
  2. Enable and start the Wazuh manager service:

    # systemctl daemon-reload
    # systemctl enable wazuh-manager
    # systemctl start wazuh-manager

    Choose one option according to your operating system:

    1. RPM-based operating system:

    # chkconfig --add wazuh-manager
    # service wazuh-manager start
    1. Debian-based operating system:

    # update-rc.d wazuh-manager defaults 95 10
    # service wazuh-manager start
  3. Run the following command to check if the Wazuh manager is active:

    # systemctl status wazuh-manager
    # service wazuh-manager status

Installing Filebeat

Filebeat is the tool on the Wazuh server that securely forwards alerts and archived events to Elasticsearch.

Adding the Elastic Stack repository

  1. Import the GPG key:

    # rpm --import https://artifacts.elastic.co/GPG-KEY-elasticsearch
  2. Add the repository:

    # cat > /etc/yum.repos.d/elastic.repo << EOF
    name=Elasticsearch repository for 7.x packages
  1. Install the GPG key:

    # curl -s https://artifacts.elastic.co/GPG-KEY-elasticsearch | gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring gnupg-ring:/usr/share/keyrings/elasticsearch.gpg --import && chmod 644 /usr/share/keyrings/elasticsearch.gpg
  2. Add the repository:

    # echo "deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/elasticsearch.gpg] https://artifacts.elastic.co/packages/7.x/apt stable main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/elastic-7.x.list
  3. Update the package information:

    # apt-get update

Filebeat installation and configuration

  1. Install the Filebeat package:

    # yum install filebeat-7.17.9
    # apt-get install filebeat=7.17.9
  2. Download the pre-configured Filebeat config file used to forward Wazuh alerts to Elasticsearch:

    # curl -so /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml https://packages.wazuh.com/4.4/tpl/elastic-basic/filebeat.yml
  3. Download the alerts template for Elasticsearch:

    # curl -so /etc/filebeat/wazuh-template.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wazuh/wazuh/4.4/extensions/elasticsearch/7.x/wazuh-template.json
    # chmod go+r /etc/filebeat/wazuh-template.json
  4. Download the Wazuh module for Filebeat:

    # curl -s https://packages.wazuh.com/4.x/filebeat/wazuh-filebeat-0.2.tar.gz | tar -xvz -C /usr/share/filebeat/module
  5. Edit the file /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml:

    output.elasticsearch.hosts: ["<elasticsearch_ip>:9200"]
    output.elasticsearch.password: <elasticsearch_password>

    Replace <elasticsearch_ip> with the IP address or the hostname of the Elasticsearch server and <elasticsearch_password> with the previously generated password for elastic user.

    output.elasticsearch.hosts: ["<elasticsearch_ip_node_1>:9200", "<elasticsearch_ip_node_2>:9200", "<elasticsearch_ip_node_3>:9200"]
    output.elasticsearch.password: <elasticsearch_password>

    Replace elasticsearch_ip_node_x with the IP address or the hostname of the Elasticsearch server to connect to and elasticsearch_password with the previously generated password for elastic user.

  6. Configure Filebeat certificate:

    In section Installing Elasticsearch, the certs.zip file was created. The file must be copied into the Wazuh server host, for example, using scp. This guide assumes that the file is placed in ~/ (home user folder).

    # mkdir /etc/filebeat/certs/ca -p
    # zip -d ~/certs.zip "ca/ca.key"
    # unzip ~/certs.zip -d ~/certs
    # cp -R ~/certs/ca/ ~/certs/filebeat/* /etc/filebeat/certs/
    # chmod -R 500 /etc/filebeat/certs
    # chmod 400 /etc/filebeat/certs/ca/ca.* /etc/filebeat/certs/filebeat.*
    # rm -rf ~/certs/ ~/certs.zip
  7. Enable and start the Filebeat service:

    # systemctl daemon-reload
    # systemctl enable filebeat
    # systemctl start filebeat

    Choose one option according to the OS used:

    1. Debian based OS

    # update-rc.d filebeat defaults 95 10
    # service filebeat start
    1. RPM based OS

    # chkconfig --add filebeat
    # service filebeat start

To ensure that Filebeat has been successfully installed, run the following command:

# filebeat test output

Disabling repositories

This installation guide describes how to install and configure Wazuh and Elastic Stack by first configuring their repositories.

With each new release of Wazuh or Elastic Stack, the development team at Wazuh thoroughly tests the compatibility of each component and performs necessary adjustments before releasing a new Wazuh Kibana plugin.

We recommend disabling the repositories so that the individual packages will not be updated unintentionally, which could potentially lead to having a version of the Elastic Stack for which the Wazuh integration has not been released yet.

# sed -i "s/^enabled=1/enabled=0/" /etc/yum.repos.d/wazuh.repo
# sed -i "s/^enabled=1/enabled=0/" /etc/yum.repos.d/elastic.repo
# sed -i "s/^deb/#deb/" /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wazuh.list
# sed -i "s/^deb/#deb/" /etc/apt/sources.list.d/elastic-7.x.list
# apt-get update

To uninstall Wazuh and Filebeat, visit the uninstalling section.

Next steps

The next step consists of installing Kibana.