Server prerequisites - Linux

The following prerequisites must be met to install the ESET PROTECT Server on Linux:

You must have a valid license.

You must have a supported Linux operating system.

The required ports must be open and available—see the complete list of ports here.

A database server must be installed and configured with a root account. A user account does not have to be created prior to the installation. The installer can create the account. MS SQL Server on Linux is not supported. However, you can connect the ESET PROTECT Server on Linux to MS SQL Server on Windows.



The ESET PROTECT Server stores large data blobs in the database. Configure MySQL to accept large packet size for ESET PROTECT to run properly.

ODBC Driver - The ODBC Driver is used to establish connection with the database server (MySQL).

Configure the server installation file set as an executable. To do so, use the following terminal command:

chmod +x

We recommend that you use the latest OpenSSL version (1.1.1). The minimum supported version of OpenSSL is openssl-1.0.1e-30. There can be more versions of OpenSSL installed on one system in the same time. At least one supported version must be present on you system.

oYou can use the command openssl version to show current default version.

oYou can list all versions of OpenSSL present on your system. See the file names endings listed using the command sudo find / -iname **

oFedora Linux users should use compat-openssl10 package.

Xvfb - Required for proper report printing (Generate Report) on Linux Server systems without a graphical interface.

Xauth - The package gets installed together with xvfb. You need to install xauth if you do not install xvfb.

cifs-utils - Required for proper Agent deployment to a Windows OS.

Qt4 WebKit libraries - Used for printing reports to PDF and PS format (must be version 4.8, not 5). All other Qt4 dependencies will be installed automatically. If the package is not available in your operating system repository, you can compile it yourself on a target machine or install it from a third-party repository (for example, EPEL repositories): CentOS 7 instructions, Ubuntu 20.04 instructions.

kinit + klist - Kerberos is used for authentication of a domain user when logging in and Active Directory synchronization task. Make sure your Kerberos configured properly (/etc/krb5.conf). ESET PROTECT 8.1 supports synchronization with multiple domains.

ldapsearch - Used in AD synchronization task and for authorization.

snmptrap - Used to send SNMP traps. If the functionality will not be used, this is optional. SNMP also requires configuration.

SELinux devel package - Used during product installation to build SELinux policy modules. This is only required on systems with SELinux enabled (CentOS, Fedora, RHEL). SELinux may cause problems with other applications. For ESET PROTECT Server it is not necessary.

lshw - Install the lshw package on the client/server Linux machine for the ESET Management Agent to report the hardware inventory correctly.

The table below contains the appropriate terminal commands for each package described above for various Linux distributions (run the commands as sudo or root):


Debian and Ubuntu distributions

CentOS, Red Hat and Fedora distributions

OpenSUSE distribution

ODBC Driver

See the chapter ODBC installation and configuration.


apt-get install xvfb

yum install xorg-x11-server-Xvfb

zypper install xorg-x11-server-extra


apt-get install cifs-utils

yum install cifs-utils

zypper install cifs-utils

Qt4 WebKit libraries

apt-get install libqtwebkit4

See instructions for Ubuntu 20.04.

See our Knowledgebase article.

zypper install libqtwebkit4

kinit + klist - optional (necessary for Active Directory service)

apt-get install krb5-user

yum install krb5-workstation

zypper install krb5


apt-get install ldap-utils

yum install openldap-clients
cyrus-sasl-gssapi cyrus-sasl-ldap

zypper install openldap2-client


apt-get install snmp

yum install net-snmp-utils net-snmp

zypper install net-snmp

SELinux devel package (optional - not necessary for ESET PROTECT Server; SELinux may cause problems with other applications.)

apt-get install selinux-policy-dev

yum install policycoreutils-devel

zypper install selinux-policy-devel

samba (optional, necessary only for remote deployment)

apt-get install samba

yum install samba

zypper install samba samba-client


apt-get install -y lshw

yum install -y lshw

zypper install lshw