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Prerequisites for running Tracee

A longterm supported kernel: 5.4, 5.10, 5.15, 5.18, 5.19. Check for current supported kernels.


Most distributions longterm supported kernels are supported as well, including CentOS8 4.18 kernel.

  1. For tracee:v0.8.0 docker image, you should have one of the two:

    1. A kernel that has /sys/kernel/btf/vmlinux file available
    2. A kernel supported through BTFHUB

      see libbpf CO-RE documentation for more info

  2. For tracee:full docker image:

    1. kernel readers (most distros provide packages)
    2. clang (12 or 13)
    3. golang (1.17)
    4. libelf and libelf-dev (or elfutils-libelf and elfutils-libelf-devel)
    5. zlib1g and lib1g-dev (or zlib and zlib-devel)


For using the eBPF Linux subsystem, Tracee needs to run with sufficient capabilities:

  • Manage eBPF maps limits (CAP_SYS_RESOURCE)
  • Load and Attach eBPF programs:
    1. CAP_BPF+CAP_PERFMON for recent kernels (>=5.8)
    2. or CAP_SYS_ADMIN for older kernels
  • CAP_SYS_PTRACE (to collect information about processes upon startup)
  • CAP_NET_ADMIN (to use tc for packets capture)
  • CAP_SETPCAP (if given - used to reduce bounding set capabilities)
  • CAP_SYSLOG (to access kernel symbols through /proc/kallsyms)
  • On some environments (e.g. Ubuntu) CAP_IPC_LOCK might be required as well.
  • On cgroup v1 environments, CAP_SYS_ADMIN is recommended if running from a container in order to allow tracee to mount the cpuset cgroup controller.

Alternatively, run as root or with the --privileged flag of Docker.


Check how to override capabilities drop if you're facing errors.