How to Install AntiVirus Clamav in RHEL 7 for Web Server

How to Install AntiVirus Clamav in RHEL 7 for Web Server
How to Install AntiVirus Clamav in RHEL 7 for Web Server

How to Install AntiVirus Clamav in RHEL 7 for Web Server - In the realm of secure computing environments, the integration of antivirus solutions becomes imperative to fortify systems against potential threats. One such robust antivirus tool, widely employed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) environments, is ClamAV.

Recognized for its open-source nature and adeptness in detecting and neutralizing a diverse array of malware, ClamAV stands as a stalwart guardian within RHEL systems. Its deployment signifies a proactive stance in bolstering the security infrastructure, ensuring a vigilant defense against the ever-evolving landscape of digital vulnerabilities. 

In this context, exploring the nuances of AntiVirus ClamAV in RHEL unveils a strategic layer of protection that aligns seamlessly with the robust security measures required in contemporary computing landscapes.


You must mount your local repo and install the epel repo. To create a local repository, you can refer to the article I've previously written here, How to Mounting CD-ROM for Make Repository Local in RHEL 7.

Installing ClamAV

Below, I provide two examples of installation methods for Linux OS 6 and 7. There isn't a significant difference between them, so it's essentially the same process.

1. For RHEL 6

You can execute the command below to install ClamAV.

# yum install -y epel-release
# yum install -y clamav
Install Clamav
Install ClamAV

2. For RHEL 7

You can execute the command below to install ClamAV.

# yum install -y epel-release
# yum -y install clamav-server clamav-data clamav-update clamav-filesystem clamav clamav-scanner-systemd clamav-devel clamav-lib clamav-server-systemd


Backup and config this clamav and configure it

# cp /etc/clamd.d/scan.conf /etc/clamd.d/scan.conf.bak 
# sed -i '/^Example/d' /etc/clamd.d/scan.conf

and uncomment this script at LocalSocket

# vi /etc/clamd.d/scan.conf
LocalSocket /var/run/clamd.scan/clamd.sock 

For this Anti Virus to be up to date you must run the command freshclam but config before you run it

# cp /etc/freshclam.conf /etc/freshclam.conf.bak
# sed -i -e "s/^Example/#Example/" /etc/freshclam.conf
# freshcalm
update freshcalm
update freshcalm

And set up this service to start and autostart on booting

# systemctl start clamd@scan
# systemctl enable clamd@scan


try to scan some directories to make sure this service is working.

# clamscan -r --remove /home/kitsake
try scan with clamav
try scan with clamav

Closing statement

As we conclude this comprehensive guide on 'How to Install AntiVirus ClamAV in RHEL 7 for Web Server,' you have equipped your web server with a robust defense mechanism. 

By following the step-by-step tutorial provided earlier, you've seamlessly integrated ClamAV into your Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 environment, enhancing the security posture of your web server. The implementation of ClamAV not only fortifies your system against potential threats but also reflects a proactive approach to safeguarding your web assets. 

As you embark on this journey of securing your server, remember to stay vigilant with regular updates and scans. Your commitment to cybersecurity is fundamental in ensuring a safe and resilient web hosting experience. Happy and secure computing!"

Maybe that's all I can share with you guys, hopefully this article will be useful.

Thank You

Bangkit Ade Saputra
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