fail2ban-server man page

fail2ban-server — start the server


fail2ban-server [Options]


Fail2Ban v0.9.7 reads log file that contains password failure report and bans the corresponding IP addresses using firewall rules.

Only use this command for debugging purpose. Start the server with fail2ban-client instead. The default behaviour is to start the server in background.



start in background


start in foreground

-s <FILE>

socket path

-p <FILE>

pidfile path


force execution of the server (remove socket file)

-h, --help

display this help message

-V, --version

print the version


Written by Cyril Jaquier <>. Many contributions by Yaroslav O. Halchenko <>.

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Referenced By

fail2ban(1), fail2ban-client(1), fail2ban-regex(1), fail2ban-testcases(1), jail.conf(5).

May 2017 fail2ban-server v0.9.7 User Commands