Wazuh is a free and open-source security monitoring tool that monitors security events at an application and OS level. It uses Elastic stack to visualize event data through a web-based interface. Wazuh allows users to search the security event data from the web browser. It offers a rich set of features including Intrusion Detection, File Integrity Monitoring, Log Data Analysis, Incident Response, Vulnerability Detection, and more.

In this post, we will show you how to install a Wazuh server on CentOS 8.

Step 1 – Install Java

Wazuh is a Java-based application, so Java must be installed on your server. If not installed, you can install it using the following command:

dnf install java-11-openjdk-devel -y

Once Java has been installed, verify the Java version using the following command:

java -version

Sample output:

openjdk version "11.0.11" 2021-04-20 LTS
OpenJDK Runtime Environment 18.9 (build 11.0.11+9-LTS)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM 18.9 (build 11.0.11+9-LTS, mixed mode, sharing)

Step 2 – Install Wazuh Server

By default, the Wazuh server package is not included in the CentOS 8 default repository, so you will need to create a repo for Wazuh.

First, import the GPG key with the following command:

rpm --import https://packages.wazuh.com/key/GPG-KEY-WAZUH

Next, create a Wazuh repo with the following command:

nano /etc/yum.repos.d/wazuh.repo

Add the following lines:


Save and close the file, then install the Wazuh server with the following command:

dnf install wazuh-manager -y

Once the Wazuh server is installed, start the Wazuh service and enable it to start at system reboot:

systemctl enable --now wazuh-manager

Step 3 – Install Elasticsearch and Kibana

First, import the Elasticsearch GPG key with the following command:

rpm --import https://artifacts.elastic.co/GPG-KEY-elasticsearch

Next, create an Elasticsearch repo with the following command:

nano /etc/yum.repos.d/elasticsearch.repo

Add the following lines:

name=Elasticsearch repository for 7.x packages

Save and close the file, then install Elasticsearch and Kibana with the following command:

dnf install elasticsearch-7.11.2 kibana-7.11.2 -y

Once the installation is completed, start Elasticsearch and enable it to start at system reboot:

systemctl enable elasticsearch.service --now

Next, edit the Kibana configuration file and define the Elasticsearch host, server port, and server host:

nano /etc/kibana/kibana.yml

Change the following lines:

server.port: 5601 
server.host: ""
elasticsearch.hosts: [http://localhost:9200]

Save and close the file, then start the Kibana service and enable it to start at system reboot:

systemctl enable --now kibana

Step 4 – Install and Configure Filebeat

First, install Filebeat using the following command:

dnf install filebeat-7.11.2 -y

Once installed, you will need to configure Filebeat to work with Wazuh.

First, back up the Filebeat configuration file:

mv /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml{,.bak}

Next, download the pre-configured configuration file:

curl -so /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wazuh/wazuh/v4.0.3/extensions/filebeat/7.x/filebeat.yml

Next, edit the downloaded file:

nano /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml

Add or modify the following lines:

#output.elasticsearch.hosts: ['http://YOUR_ELASTIC_SERVER_IP:9200']
output.elasticsearch.hosts: ['http://localhost:9200']

logging.level: info
logging.to_files: true
  path: /var/log/filebeat
  name: filebeat
  keepfiles: 7
  permissions: 0644

Save and close the file, then verify the Filebeat with the following command:

filebeat test output

Sample output:

elasticsearch: http://localhost:9200...
  parse url... OK
    parse host... OK
    dns lookup... OK
    addresses: ::1,
    dial up... OK
  TLS... WARN secure connection disabled
  talk to server... OK
  version: 7.13.3

Step 5 – Install Filebeat Wazuh Module

Next, you will need to download and install the Wazuh module for Filebeat. You can download it with the following command:

wget https://packages.wazuh.com/4.x/filebeat/wazuh-filebeat-0.1.tar.gz

Next, create a directory for Wazuh and extract the content of the downloaded file to the Wazuh directory:

mkdir /usr/share/filebeat/module/wazuh
tar xzf wazuh-filebeat-0.1.tar.gz -C /usr/share/filebeat/module/wazuh/ --strip-components=1

Next, download the Wazuh Elasticsearch alerts index template with the following command:

curl -so /etc/filebeat/wazuh-template.json https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wazuh/wazuh/4.1/extensions/elasticsearch/7.x/wazuh-template.json

Next, set up it using the following command:

filebeat setup --path.config /etc/filebeat --path.home /usr/share/filebeat --path.data /var/lib/filebeat --index-management -E setup.template.json.enabled=false

Next, restart the Filebeat service to apply the changes:

systemctl restart filebeat

Step 6 – Install Wazuh Plugin for Kibana

First, create a data directory for Kibana and set proper ownership for the kibana directory:

mkdir /usr/share/kibana/data
chown -R kibana: /usr/share/kibana/

Next, change the directory to Kibana and install the Wazuh plugin:

cd /usr/share/kibana
sudo -u kibana /usr/share/kibana/bin/kibana-plugin install https://packages.wazuh.com/4.x/ui/kibana/wazuh_kibana-4.1.5_7.11.2-1.zip

Once the plugin is installed, verify the installed plugin with the following command:

sudo -u kibana /usr/share/kibana/bin/kibana-plugin list

Sample output:

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Finally, restart all services to apply the changes:

systemctl restart kibana
systemctl restart elasticsearch
systemctl restart wazuh-manager

Step 7 – Access Kibana Dashboard

You can now access the Kibana web interface using the URL http://server-IP:5601. You should see the Kibana dashboard on the following page:
Kibana Welcome Page

Click on Explore on my own. You should see the following screen:
Kibana Dashboard Page
Now, click on the Menu and select Wazuh. You should see the Wazuh dashboard on the following page:
Access Wazuh Page
Wazuh DashboardPage


Congratulations! You have successfully installed and configured a Wazuh server with an ELK stack on CentOS 8. You can now install and configure the Wazuh agent on the client machine and start monitoring it from the Wazuh dashboard – try it on dedicated server hosting from Atlantic.Net.