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Current features

Here is a list of the main features available in Fail2ban.

  • Highly configurable.
  • Parses log files and looks for given patterns.
  • Executes a command when a pattern has be detected for the same IP address for more than X times. X can be changed.
  • After a given amount of time, executes another command in order to unban the IP address.
  • Uses Netfilter/Iptables by default but can also use TCP Wrapper (/etc/hosts.deny) or others firewalls.
  • Handles log files rotation.
  • Can handle more than one service (sshd, apache, vsftpd, etc).
  • Resolves DNS hostname to IP address.
  • Can send e-mail notifications.
  • Runs as a daemon.
  • Multiple logging targets (syslog daemon, stdout, stderr, files).


Here is the planned roadmap. If you want to contribute and help on one of these features, please contact the author.



  • Documentation
  • Add missing features of 0.6.x
    • Mail notification done
    • Check command done
  • Improve socket communication
  • Autodetect date format
  • Add support for wildcard in logfile


  • Documentation
  • Improve client
  • Add FAM/Gamin support
  • Improve test framework


  • Migration tool from 0.6.x to 0.8.0
  • Documentation
  • Howtos