I would like to secure my server and it seems that IPtables is one of the first steps. Unfortunately editing the rules in a terminal is a bit complicated and dangerous (those who ever did an iptables -F will know what I mean ;) ). Could you recommend any good graphical interfaces for managing my IPtables rules?


Firestarter has always worked well in my opinion. It supports a robust GUI and supports all options of iptables.


sudo apt-get install firestarter
  • I also recommend firestarter. – Stuart Aug 11 '10 at 16:20
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    Firestarter is deemed abandoned software and has been removed from Ubuntu repositories as of 13.10 Saucy Salamander. For more info, help.ubuntu.com/community/Firestarter – Suhaib Jan 22 '14 at 4:30
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    Unfortunately firestarter is abandoned. help.ubuntu.com/community/Firestarter It seems that at present gufw, which is a GUI wrapper around ufw, which in turn is a CLI wrapper around iptables, is the closest thing. – David Baucum Jan 20 '16 at 22:31

I've never taken time to understand iptables, but I believe gufw does the job. Even I was able to set up a firewall within a couple of minutes.

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    gufw wraps ufw, not iptables, and doesn't support all of iptables' functionality. – lfaraone Jul 28 '10 at 20:47

Try Firewall Builder.

sudo apt-get install fwbuilder
  • +1 I like this, although it's somewhat more complex than Firestarter. It's targeted at multi-system administrators. – David Z Jul 28 '10 at 21:10
  • Unfortunately this doesn't seem to be any less dead than Firestarter. Last update was in July 2013. – Hubro Jun 11 '17 at 2:03
  • +1 for being still in available with apt-get --- getting started tutorial found here youtube.com/watch?v=yoAhn6tdlw4 – Kickaha Mar 25 at 13:00

For most purposes, ufw (Uncomplicated FireWall) is an excellent way to build simple iptables firewalls. The rules produced are decent, though there may be features of iptables that you need that ufw doesn't cover.

sudo apt-get install ufw

It's a command line tool, but there is also gufw if you want a GUI version.


Iptables-Editor-Gui is a gui for iptables (require ruby and ruby-gtk2)



I’m using Elastic Firewall …worked like a breeze so far!

Plus it works on multiple machines.

You can go with a free account with them or try one of the paid plans for enhanced power. either way, the thing does a pretty good job at very reasonable rates.

Unfortunately editing the rules in a terminal is a bit complicated and dangerous (those who ever did an iptables -F will know what I mean ;) )

I know what you mean, appending rules through the command line can be time consuming and prone to so many errors, so having a firewall manager to automate Linux iptables policies can save you a lot of time and nerves.

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