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Introduction to TinyIDS

TinyIDS is a distributed Intrusion Detection System (IDS) for Unix systems.

It is based on the client/server architecture. The client, tinyids, runs its collector backends on the local system and calculates a hash of all the collected information. The collected information may include anything, from file contents to file metadata or even the output of system commands. After the information has been hashed, the client compares this hash with one that has been previously stored on the server counterpart of TinyIDS, tinyidsd, which runs on a remote system. Management of the remotely stored hash is possible through the client's command line interface. Communication between the client and the server counterparts can be encrypted using RSA public key infrastructure (PKI).

TinyIDS is written in Python and is released as open-source software under the terms of the Apache license version 2.

You can visit the project development web site:

Project News:


In order to run TinyIDS you will need:

User Guide

For all information regarding the installation, configuration, usage and automation of TinyIDS, please read the online user guide at:


For information about viewing or searching current bugs or about submitting new ones, please read the BUGS file.


CodeTRAX does not provide support for TinyIDS. You can still get community support at the Community Support Forums:


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