Installing an alternative to Little Snitch for Linux, GUFW Firewall

Nov 10, 2020 · 1 min read
Installing an alternative to Little Snitch for Linux, GUFW Firewall
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The GUFW graphical firewall is the only real user-space firewall available for Linux. It’s comparable to the likes of Little Snitch for MacOS or GlassWire for Windows.

Installing and configuring UFW Firewall on Ubuntu, LinuxMint , Debian and all its derivatives, is a simple task but you have have some control over it.

In this article we will learn how to configure it from the console / terminal (server-oriented) and how to perform the same task using the graphical mode with GUFW (desktop/laptop PC).

The first thing we will do is install it, because although Ubuntu and LinuxMint is installed by default, Debian or Devuan does not.

Easy Installation in Debian-based operating systems

Install GUFW with aptitude…

sudo apt-get install gufw

Now activate it.

sudo gufw

GUFW GUI Configuration

The location of the launcher can vary depending on the distribution you have installed, however the most common is: “System->Administration->firewall configuration”.

It can also be launch from the command line as indicated in the step above.

Configuring GUFW is very straightforward, but you need at least the bare minimum of networking knowledge to setup more advanced configurations. Here is an example of me blocking all incoming & outgoing SSH connections.

In the advanced tab, you can do amazing things like:

  • block/allow port ranges
  • black/allow ip address/ranges
  • specify which network adaptor to use
  • specify which protocol to use (TCP or UDP)

The best feature of GUFW is having a live log file to check within the user interface. If you are paranoid, I would recommend enabling full UFW logging under Edit -> Preferences -> Logging: Full

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