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freshclam: Configuration file for Clam AntiVirus database update tool


freshclam.conf - Configuration file for Clam AntiVirus database update tool


The file freshclam.conf configures the Clam AntiVirus Database Updater, freshclam(1).


The file consists of comments and options with arguments. Each line which starts with a hash (#) symbol is ignored by the parser. Options and arguments are case sensitive and of the form Option Argument. The arguments are of the following types:
Boolean value (yes/no or true/false or 1/0).
String without blank characters.
Size in bytes. You can use 'M' or 'm' modifiers for megabytes and 'K' or 'k' for kilobytes.
Unsigned integer.


When an option is not used (hashed or doesn't exist in the configuration file) freshclam takes a default action.

If this option is set freshclam will not run.
DatabaseOwner STRING
When started by root, drop privileges to a specified user.
AllowSupplementaryGroups BOOL
Initialize supplementary group access (freshclam must be started by root).
Default: disabled
DatabaseDirectory STRING
Path to a directory containing database files.
Default: /var/lib/clamav
Number of database checks per day.
Default: 12
UpdateLogFile STRING
Enable logging to a specified file. Highly recommended.
Default: disabled.
LogSyslog BOOL
Enable logging to Syslog. May be used in combination with UpdateLogFile.
Default: disabled.
LogFacility STRING
Specify the type of syslog messages - please refer to 'man syslog' for facility names.
Default: LOG_LOCAL6
This option allows you to save the process identifier of the daemon to a file specified in the argument.
Default: disabled
LogVerbose BOOL
Enable verbose logging.
Default: disabled
DNSDatabaseInfo STRING
This directive enables database and software version checks through DNS TXT records.
Default: enabled, pointing to
DatabaseMirror STRING
Server name where database updates are downloaded from. In order to download the database from the closest mirror you should configure freshclam to use where xy represents your country code. If this option is given multiple times, freshclam(1) tries them in the order given. It's strongly recommended that you use as the first mirror and as the second.
MaxAttempts NUMBER
How many attempts (per mirror) to make before giving up.
Default: 3 (per mirror)
ScriptedUpdates BOOL
With this option you can control scripted updates. It's highly recommended to keep it enabled.
Default: enabled
CompressLocalDatabase BOOL
By default freshclam will keep the local databases (.cld) uncompressed to make their handling faster. With this option you can enable the compression; the change will take effect with the next database update.
Default: no
Use given proxy server and TCP port for database downloads.
HTTPProxyUsername STR,HTTPProxyPassword STRING
Proxy usage is authenticated through given username and password.
Default: no proxy authentication
If your servers are behind a firewall/proxy which applies User-Agent filtering, you can use this option to force the use of a different User-Agent header.
Default: clamav/version_number
LocalIPAddress IP
Use IP as client address for downloading databases. Useful for multi homed systems.
Default: Use OS'es default outgoing IP address.
NotifyClamd STRING
Notify a running clamd(8) to reload its database after a download has occurred. The path for clamd.conf file must be provided.
Default: The default is to not notify clamd. See clamd.conf(5)'s option SelfCheck for how clamd(8) handles database updates in this case.
OnUpdateExecute STRING
Execute this command after the database has been successfully updated.
Default: disabled
OnOutdatedExecute STRING
Execute this command when freshclam reports outdated version. In the command string %v will be replaced by the new version number.
Default: disabled
OnErrorExecute STRING
Execute this command after a database update has failed.
Default: disabled
ConnectTimeout NUMBER
Timeout in seconds when connecting to database server.
Default: 10
ReceiveTimeout NUMBER
Timeout in seconds when reading from database server.
Default: 30
SubmitDetectionStats STRING
When enabled freshclam will submit statistics to the ClamAV Project about the latest virus detections in your environment. The ClamAV maintainers will then use this data to determine what types of malware are the most detected in the field and in what geographic area they are. This feature requires LogTime and LogFile to be enabled in clamd.conf. The path for clamd.conf file must be provided.
Default: disabled
DetectionStatsCountry STRING
Country of origin of malware/detection statistics (for statistical purposes only). The statistics collector at will look up your IP address to determine the geographical origin of the malware reported by your installation. If this installation is mainly used to scan data which comes from a different location, please enable this option and enter a two-letter code (see of the country of origin.
Default: disabled




Thomas Lamy <thomas.lamy [at]>, Tomasz Kojm <tkojm [at]>


freshclam(1), clamd.conf(5), clamd(8), clamav-milter(8), clamscan(1)