How to install Firetools on Ubuntu?

Firetools is a Qt frontend for firejail which is a SUID security sandbox program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of the untrusted applications using Linux namespace and seccomp-bpf.

Firetools prevent malicious scripts from harming the system. It allows users to run scripts and software in an isolated environment which verifies whether it is safe or not. It can be used with another antivirus program to strengthen the security of a system.

In this article, I will discuss how to install Firetools on Ubuntu Linux.

Features of Firetools

The key features of Firetools are –

  • Free and opensource
  • Uses Linux namespace
  • Sandbox auditing
  • Easy to use GUI
  • Custom security profiles
  • Provides statistics of the sandboxed application
  • Supports universal packaging format AppImage natively

How to install Firetools in Ubuntu

Firetools available in the default Ubuntu repository so you can directly install it by using the apt command in your terminal. But before you install make sure to update the apt package repository –

sudo apt update

Next use the following command to install firetools –

sudo apt install firetools

Press y and then enter if it asks for your confirmation.

You can verify the installation by using –

firetools --version

This will display the installed version of firetools.

firetools version

How to use Firetools in Ubuntu

Once firetools get successfully installed, you will see a separate window containing some applications as you can see in the image below.

firejail

Here double-clicking on an application will start it in the sandboxed secure environment. To add a new application to firejail use –

firejail --seccomp --caps.drop=all app_name

Here replace the app_name with the actual name of application.

To know more about the usage of firetools and firejail visit their documentation page.

How to remove Firetools from Ubuntu

If you want to remove firetools from your system then use the following command in your terminal –

sudo apt remove firetools

Press y and then enter if it asks for your confirmation.

Run the given command to remove any unused dependencies that are left in your system –

sudo apt autoremove

Conclusion

I hope you have successfully set up Firetools on your Ubuntu system and are able to run applications in a secure environment.

Now if you have a query then write us in the comments below.

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