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ZEEKCTL(8) System Administration Utilities ZEEKCTL(8)


zeekctl - interactive shell for managing Zeek installations


zeekctl [command]


zeekctl is an interactive interface for managing either a standalone or a Zeek cluster installation. If a zeekctl command is specified directly on the command-line, then zeekctl performs the action associated with that command immediately (instead of running the interactive interface).

Before actually running zeekctl you first need to edit the zeekctl.cfg, node.cfg, and networks.cfg files. In the zeekctl.cfg file, you should review the zeekctl options and make sure the options are set correctly for your environment. Next, edit the node.cfg file and specify the nodes that you will be running. Finally, edit the networks.cfg file and list each network that is considered local to the monitored environment (see the examples in the file for the format to use).

When running zeekctl for the first time, you must run the zeekctl deploy command before running any other commands in order to apply the configuration settings. You must also run zeekctl deploy each time you change the configuration (including any Zeek scripts) or upgrade Zeek.


capstats [<nodes>] [<secs>]
Report interface statistics with capstats
check [<nodes>]
Check configuration before installing it
cleanup [--all] [<nodes>]
Delete working dirs (flush state) on nodes
Print zeekctl configuration
cron [--no-watch]
Perform jobs intended to run from cron
cron enable|disable|?
Enable/disable "cron" jobs
Check, install, and restart
df [<nodes>]
Print nodes' current disk usage
diag [<nodes>]
Output diagnostics for nodes
exec <shell cmd>
Execute shell command on all hosts
Exit from the interactive interface
Update zeekctl installation/configuration
netstats [<nodes>]
Print nodes' current packet counters
Print node configuration
peerstatus [<nodes>]
Print status of nodes' remote connections
print <id> [<nodes>]
Print values of script variable at nodes
process <trace> [<op>] [-- <sc>]
Run Zeek (with options and scripts) on trace
restart [--clean] [<nodes>]
Stop and then restart processing
scripts [-c] [<nodes>]
List the Zeek scripts the nodes will load
start [<nodes>]
Start processing
status [<nodes>]
Summarize node status
stop [<nodes>]
Stop processing
top [<nodes>]
Show Zeek processes ala top

Commands provided by plugins:

ps.zeek [<nodes>]
Show Zeek processes on nodes' systems


zeekctl was written by The Zeek Project <>.
November 2014