This documentation requires either

  • the package pirogue-base version 1.0.2 or more recent being installed
  • the package pirogue-base-pc version 1.0.0 or more recent being installed

Not sure? Upgrade your PiRogue.

How the PiRogue configuration works

PiRogue features come in Debian packages, each package manages some system configuration files:

  • the package pirogue-ap creates the wi-fi access point, it manages:
    • /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf
    • /etc/dnsmasq.conf
    • /etc/dhcpcd.conf
    • /etc/iptables/rules.v4
    • /etc/iptables/rules.v6
  • the package pirogue-dashboard creates the dashboard, it manages:
    • /etc/grafana/grafana.ini
    • /etc/grafana/provisioning/datasources/datasources.yml
    • /etc/grafana/provisioning/dashboards/grafana_dashboards.yml
    • /var/lib/grafana/dashboards/pirogue-dashboard.json
    • /var/lib/grafana/dashboards/pirogue-flow-details-dashboard.json
  • the package pirogue-eve-collector retrieve alarms from Suricata, it manages:
    • /etc/suricata/suricata.yaml


Any changes made manually in these files are overridden when these packages are installed and upgraded.

To ease the configuration of your PiRogue, we provide a tool pirogue-ctl which allows you to manage your configuration, create configuration backups, etc.

pirogue-ctl will generate new configuration files for the different services running on your PiRogue and ensure that your configuration is not modified when you upgrade your PiRogue.

To install it, run the following command, it will tell you if the package is already installed:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install pirogue-cli

Once installed you can run:

sudo pirogue-ctl config show

If you have never applied any valid configuration, the command should display No configuration currently applied

Create or modify my own PiRogue configuration

Once you have installed the pirogue-cli package and run sudo pirogue-ctl config show at least once, you can start reconfiguring your PiRogue. To do so, you first have to edit the appropriate configuration file:

sudo nano /var/lib/pirogue/config/pirogue.env

it will open a text editor (nano) showing your own configuration file. In this file you can safely change the following options:

  • WIFI_NETWORK_NAME the name of the wi-fi network managed by your PiRogue, by default PiRogue1
  • WIFI_NETWORK_KEY the passphrase required to connect to the wi-fi network, by default superlongkey.
  • WIFI_COUNTRY_CODE indicates the country (ISO/IEC 3166-1 format) in which your PiRogue is operating, by default FR
  • DASHBOARD_PASSWORD the password asked when you log in the PiRogue’s dashboard, by default PiRogue


Do not use ", # or any emoji in your configuration.

Example, we change the name of the wi-fi network for PiRogue11, our configuration file looks like:


Press ctrl+x on your keyboard to exit nano, press y to save your modifications, press n otherwise.

Apply my configuration

Once you have edited the PiRogues’s configuration file, run the following command to apply this new configuration:

sudo pirogue-ctl config apply

press y to apply your configuration, n otherwise.

Apply new configuration

Now your configuration has been succesfuly applied. You can see it by running sudo pirogue-ctl config show.

By default, your configuration and all the different configuration files modified by pirogue-ctl have been backed-up.

At any time you can restore a previous configuration by running the command:

sudo pirogue-ctl config restore
Restore a previous configuration

Check if everything runs properly

To check how healthy your PiRogue is, run

pirogue-ctl status 
Output of pirogue-ctl status

If you see everything in a mix of purple and green, congrats!