This plugin provides native Endace DAG card and EndaceProbe Application Dock packet capture support for Zeek.



  1. Ensure you have a recent Zeek release installed. Bro 2.6 to Zeek 6.1 have been tested. To install zeek-dag you will need to have the `zeek-devel orzeek-core-dev` package installed, or the compiled source directory for Zeek available.

    If you are using Bro, replace commands, directories and groups prefixed with `zeek with bro` in the following instructions.

  2. Install the latest DAG software package. Follow the DAG installation instructions to get its kernel module, drivers, userspace libraries and development headers installed.

  3. If your installation of Zeek runs as a non-root user, add the `zeek user to the dag` group to allow access to DAG cards (DAG 5.7.1 or newer):

     usermod -a -G dag zeek
  4. Install prerequisites for building zeek-dag:

    • Red Hat/CentOS/Fedora:
         yum install cmake make gcc-c++
    • Debian/Ubuntu:
         apt-get install build-essential cmake
  5. If you are using Zeek 3.1 or later with Red Hat/CentOS 7, you will need a newer version of the GCC compiler from the `devtoolset-7 package as well as the newer cmake3` package:

    • Enable the Software Collections and EPEL repositories. For CentOS this can be done using the following commands:

         yum install epel-release
         yum install centos-release-scl
    • Install the `devtoolset-7-toolchain and cmake3` packages:

         yum install devtoolset-7-toolchain cmake3
    • Enter the devtoolset environment before installing zeek-dag. Subsequent build commands will use GCC 7. You will need to enter this environment even if you are installing zeek-dag using the zkg package manager.

         scl enable devtoolset-7 bash

Installation using zkg/bro-pkg package manager

Ensure you have zkg installed and configured.

If you have previously installed zeek-dag under the name `bro-dag you will need to remove it first using zkg remove bro-dag`.

Install zeek-dag using zkg:

zkg install endace/zeek-dag

To uninstall use:

zkg remove zeek-dag

Manual Installation

After building Zeek from the sources, run:

git clone https://github.com/endace/zeek-dag.git
cd zeek-dag
./configure --zeek-dist=<path to zeek sources>
make && sudo make install

If you encounter build errors, run `make distclean` and ensure you have an appropriate build environment before running configure and make again.

To uninstall use:

make uninstall


Check the zeek-dag packet source can be loaded successfully. If everything built and installed correctly, you should see this:

$ zeek -N Endace::DAG
Endace::DAG - Packet acquisition via Endace DAG capture cards (dynamic, version 0.4)

Once installed, you can use DAG card streams by prefixing them with `endace::` on the command line. Note that Zeek will write output files to the current directory by default.

For example, to capture from DAG card 0:

zeek -i endace::dag0

To capture from DAG card 1, stream 2:

zeek -i endace::dag1:2

Usage with `zeekctl`

Note: This plugin does not configure hardware load balancing on the DAG card. Use the DAG software tools to configure the card before use.

For example to configure 2-tuple (src/dst IP) load balancing for 8 worker processes on physical DAG card dag1:

dagconfig -d1 hash_tuple=2 hash_bins=8

For information on configuring hash load balancing to multiple vDAGs in EndaceProbe Application Dock, please refer to the EndaceProbe User Guide.

To use zeek-dag in production with multiple Zeek processes, use a worker configuration similar to this in node.cfg (e.g. /opt/zeek/etc/node.cfg):

## Optionally pin worker threads

Where `lb_procs` is the number of processes for load balancing. DAG cards support up to 32 streams/procs for load balancing in hardware, as well as hardware packet filtering and flexible steering of up to 4 capture ports/interfaces to streams (see DAG documentation).

The `dag_lb_method node.cfg option can be used to specify the DAG load balancing method. This is set to stream` by default if not specified, and needs to be set for each worker section. Load balancing stream numbering is reset between worker sections unless they have identical interface configuration and the same host.

  • `stream` (default): Load balance receive (even numbered) streams on a single DAG card. The load balancing will start at 0 or the specified stream number.
  • `card`: Load balance multiple DAG cards, each with a single stream. This configuration is commonly used for vDAGs inside Application Dock. The load balancing will start at the specified DAG card number, capturing on stream 0 or the specified stream on each DAG card.

Load Balancing by Card

To use multiple DAG cards each with one stream, as commonly used for vDAGs inside Application Dock, use `dag_lb_method=card`. For example, to load balance across 8 DAGs dag0-dag7 use:

## Optionally pin worker threads

Deploy Configuration

Now start the ZeekControl shell:


And start the Zeek instances:

[ZeekControl] > deploy

Or simply:

zeekctl deploy


Debian/RPM packages

Basic binary-only packages can be generated as follows if you have rpmbuild and/or Debian build tools installed. Distributing these packages outside a closed environment is not recommended, as Zeek package installation locations vary.

./configure --zeek-dist=<path to zeek sources after building>
cd build/
make package

Packages add the zeek user to the dag group if it exists.

If Zeek packages are installed as `zeek-lts add the configure option --zeek-package-name=zeek-lts`.


From a completely clean (i.e. no untracked files) git checkout:

./configure --zeek-dist=<path to zeek sources>
cd build/
make package_source

Package Version :