How to install ClamTK in Ubuntu

To install ClamTK in Ubuntu

ClamTK is a free Linux based antivirus used to detect virus, trojan, malware and other threats. It is widely used as a server-side email virus scanner. The ClamTK is designed with the advanced features including, command-line scanner, automatic database update and a multi-threaded daemon. Installation of ClamTK is explained in this article.


Installation of ClamTK

First download the Clamtk installation package with the following command.

root@linuxhelp:/home/user1# wget
--2016-08-31 16:03:56--
Resolving (,,, ...
2016-08-31 16:04:04 (99.9 KB/s) - ‘clamtk_5.21-1_all.deb’ saved [569754/569754]

Next install the gdebi package with the apt-get command.

root@linuxhelp:/home/user1# apt-get install gdebi
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Setting up gdebi ( ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.23-0ubuntu3) ...


Now run the below command to install ClamTK.

root@linuxhelp:/home/user1# gdebi clamtk_5.21-1_all.deb
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree        
Reading state information... Done
ClamTk is an easy to use graphical front-end for Clam Antivirus.
Do you want to install the software package? [y/N]:y
Setting up clamtk (5.21-1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.5-1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-6ubuntu3) ...

Then type clamtk in the terminal to open the ClamTK.

root@linuxhelp:/home/user1# clamtk

Now you can see the message that the antivirus signatures are outdated in the GUI window.



To update the antivirus signatures, run the following command.

root@linuxhelp:/home/user1# freshclam
ClamAV update process started at Wed Aug 31 16:13:39 2016
WARNING: Your ClamAV installation is OUTDATED!
WARNING: Local version: 0.99 Recommended version: 0.99.2
Downloading main.cvd [100%]
main.cvd updated (version: 57, sigs: 4218790, f-level: 60, builder: amishhammer)
Downloading daily.cvd [100%]
daily.cvd updated (version: 22159, sigs: 567270, f-level: 63, builder: neo)
Downloading bytecode.cvd [100%]
bytecode.cvd updated (version: 283, sigs: 53, f-level: 63, builder: neo)
Database updated (4786113 signatures) from (IP:

Again open the ClamTK with the following command.

root@linuxhelp:/home/user1# clamtk

Now you can see the outdated message disappears in the GUI window.


Click on Settings option to make some changes.


You can also schedule scan with the Scan scheduler option.


If you dont want to scan any particular file or directory, just add it in the Whitelist.


Click on Quarantine icon to move or manage the infected file.



Click on Scan history option to view the previous scan details.


Click on updates option to update the antivirus signature.


Click on Scan a directory option to scan the directory as shown below.



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