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Module to install flow-tools and manage flow-capture


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Version information

  • 0.0.5 (latest)
  • 0.0.3
  • 0.0.2
  • 0.0.1
released Oct 11th 2014
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 3.x
  • Puppet >=2.7.20 <4.0.0
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Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'nextrevision-flowtools', '0.0.5'
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bolt module add nextrevision-flowtools
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puppet module install nextrevision-flowtools --version 0.0.5

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nextrevision/flowtools — version 0.0.5 Oct 11th 2014


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####Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Module Description
  3. Setup - The basics of getting started with puppet-flowtools
  4. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  5. Reference - An under-the-hood peek at what the module is doing and how
  6. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  7. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


This module is responsible for installing flow-tools, configuring flow-capture, and running flow-capture on specified interfaces and ports for specified devices.

##Module Description

This module is responsible for installing flow-tools on the system. Once flow-tools has been successfully installed, the module will generate an empty config file (default: /etc/flow-tools/flow-capture). The service is then started/enabled if specified (default: true), and will begin receiving flow data and writing it to a directory (default: /var/flow).

The module has a device type which configures flow-capture to listen on an interface/port for a device. If using flow-capture, this is required for the module to function properly, otherwise flow-capture will fail to start due to the emtpy config file.

This module can be used to only install flow-tools, with the use of the capture parameter described below.


###What flowtools affects

  • /etc/init.d/flow-capture
  • /etc/flow-tools/flow-capture.conf
  • /usr/local/flow-tools/ (RedHat family systems only)

###Setup Requirements

This module is dependent on puppetlabs/concat and puppetlabs/stdlib. As for puppetlabs/concat, you must have pluginsync set to true on systems you wish to use with this module.

###Beginning with puppet-flowtools

To get started, simply include the flow-tools class and define a capture device:

include flowtools
flowtools::device { 'device1':
  ip_address => '',
  port       => '9996'

This will create and entry in flow-capture.conf to listen on all interfaces on UDP port 9996 for flow data sent from


The basic usage of the module is listed above, and different examples will be explored below.

Passing custom options to flow-capture

include flowtools
flowtools::device { 'device1':
  ip_address => '',
  port       => '9996',
  options    => '-V 5'

Specify a custom capture directory

class { 'flowtools':
  flow_dir => '/data/flows'
flowtools::device { 'device1':
  ip_address => '',
  port       => '9996'

Listening for all devices sending flow data to port 9996

include flowtools
flowtools::device { 'all':
  ip_address => '',
  port       => '9996'

Listening on a specific interface with custom options

include flowtools
flowtools::device { 'device1':
  ip_address => '',
  port       => '9996',
  listen     => ''
  options    => '-V 5'

Just install flow-tools, don't start flow-capture

class { 'flowtools':
  capture => false,

Using Hiera data with flow-tools

  capture: true
  flow_dir: '/mnt/flows'
      ip_address: ''
      port: '9997'
      ip_address: ''
      port: '9998'

##Reference Classes:

  • flowtools


  • flowtools::device

Flow-Tools project:


This module only supports Debian and RedHat family operating systems. For Debian family systems, flow-tools must be availlable via apt. For RedHat systems, flow-tools is installed via a RPM of the latest version due to flow-tools not being available in the Epel, RPMForge or standard repos. This module has been tested on pristine versions of:

  • RHEL/CentOS 6.4
  • Ubuntu 10.04
  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • Debian 6
  • Debian 7


Feel free to make any additions to the module and issue a pull request. If you have a more elegant solution to some of the ways I've gone about things here, I'm certainly eager to hear about/implement them.