How To Install amavisd on Kali Linux

In this guide, we’ll discuss How To Install amavisd on Kali Linux. Also, we will demonstrate how to uninstall and update amavisd.

One-liner install command

For those in a hurry, here's a one-line installation command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt -y install amavisd-new

But if you are interested in the detailed steps with descriptions, the following information is for you.

What is amavisd and what are the ways to install it?

Before beginning this tutorial, you will need access to a server or computer running Kali Linux. This guide was written specifically with a server running Kali Linux in mind, although it should also work on older, supported versions of the operating system.

Also, make sure you are running a regular, non-root user with sudo privileges configured on your server. When you have an account available, log in as your non-root user to begin.

There are several ways to install amavisd on Kali Linux. You can use (links are clickable):

In the following sections, we will describe each method in detail. You can choose one of them or refer to the recommended one.

Install amavisd using apt-get

First, update apt database with apt-get using the following command.

sudo apt-get update

After updating apt-get database, You can install amavisd using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install amavisd-new

Install amavisd using apt

Because amavisd is available in Kali Linux’s default repositories, it is possible to install it from these repositories using the apt packaging system.

To begin, update apt database with apt using the following command.

sudo apt update

After updating apt database, You can install amavisd using apt by running the following command:

sudo apt -y install amavisd-new

Install amavisd using aptitude

If you want to follow this method, you might need to install aptitude first since aptitude is usually not installed by default on Kali Linux. Update apt database with aptitude using the following command.

sudo aptitude update

After updating aptitude database, You can install amavisd by running the following command:

sudo aptitude -y install amavisd-new

How to upgrade (update) a single package amavisd using apt-get?

First, you will need to update packages index. Run update command as usual:

sudo apt-get update

Next, to upgrade only the amavisd, e.g. single package, you should use the following format with the apt-get command/apt command:

sudo apt-get --only-upgrade install amavisd-new

Note that this command will not install any new packages! If you wish to install the package if it doesn't exist you may leave out --only-upgrade part.

How To Uninstall amavisd from Kali Linux

To uninstall only the amavisd package you can execute the following command:

sudo apt-get remove amavisd-new

Uninstall amavisd and all its dependencies

To uninstall amavisd and its dependencies that are no longer needed by Kali Linux, you can use the command below:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove amavisd-new

Remove amavisd with all configurations and data

To remove amavisd configuration and data from your system you can run the following purge command:

sudo apt-get -y purge amavisd-new

Remove amavisd completely (configurations, data and all of its dependencies)

And lastly, you can run the next command to remove absolutely everything related to amavisd package, e.g.: configurations, data and all of its dependencies. Just use this command:

sudo apt-get -y autoremove --purge amavisd-new

Extra info and code examples

AMaViSd-new is a script that interfaces a mail transport agent (MTA) with zero or more virus scanners, and spamassassin (optional). It supports all common virus scanners (more than 20 different AVs), with direct talk-to-daemon support for ClamAV, OpenAntiVirus, Trophie, AVG, f-prot, and Sophos AVs. AMaViSd-new supports all MTAs through its generic SMTP/LMTP filter mode (ideal for postfix and exim). It is faster and safer to use the SMTP/LMTP filter mode than using the AMaViS pipe client. It supports sendmail milter through the amavisd-new-milter package.

Conclusion

You now have a full guide on how to install amavisd using apt, apt-get and aptitude tools. Also, we showed how to update as a single package and different ways to uninstall the amavisd from Kali Linux.

See also:

How To Install amavisd on Debian 11

How To Install amavisd on Fedora 34

How To Install amavisd on Ubuntu 22.04

How To Install amavisd on Kali Linux

How To Install amavisd on Ubuntu 21.04

How To Install amavisd on CentOS 8

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