6. Traffic Profiles

Traffic profiles allow the user to define logical aggregations of traffic. Examples of logical aggregates of traffic include ‘TCP traffic flowing from local network to host’, ‘Facebook traffic originating at host’, and so on.

Traffic Profiles are a feature that is only available in the Professional Version of ntopng.

Profiles can be set and configured via the dropdown cog_icon menu in the top toolbar.

Edit Traffic Profiles

The Edit Traffic Profiles Page

In the screenshot above, ntopng has been configured with a profile that logically includes any kind of traffic having source and/or destination hosts within the private network

Profiles must be expressed using the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) syntax. Filters will be parsed and syntax will be checked every time thew ‘Save Profile’ button is hit. Errors are raised when the syntax is not BPF compliant. A thorough discussion of the BPF falls outside the scope of this work. The interested reader cat refer to http://biot.com/capstats/bpf.html for a detailed description of the syntax.

6.1. Realtime Profiles

Profiles are fine grained and potentially apply to every flow detected. Real time flows and their assigned profiles can be seen using the ‘Flows’ menu entry in the top toolbar. Similarly, profiles can be seen on a host basis by selecting the tab ‘Flows’ from the contextual Host Details menu. A blue badge labelled with profile name will appear in the rightmost column ‘Info’ of every profiled flow. In the example below are shown two currently active flows for host, that match the defined localnet profile.

Active Flows Traffic Profiles

Traffic Profiles in the Active Flows Page

6.2. Historical Profiles Statistics

Profiles are not only available in realtime. Their traffic statistics are sampled every minute and stored in RRDs. Similarly, if ntopng was started with the -F modifier, flows will be exported to MySQL or ElasticSearch together with their profiles. Historical charts and tables are available in the ‘Profile Details’ page, reachable from the ‘Interface’ contextual toolbar. By clicking on the doctor ! icon, it is possible to see the full list of profiles detected for the selected interface, together with their traffic and throughput trend. Profile Details page can be opened for each profile simply by clicking on the chart_icon icon.

Traffic Profiles Summary

The Traffic Profiles Summary Page

Profile Details page shows historical profile traffic. An optional table with historical flow details — for flows matching the selected profile — is shown below the chart if ntopng was started with the -F modifier.

Traffic Profiles Details

The Traffic Profile Details Page


Presently, no overlapping profiles are handled. This means that when a flow matches more than one traffic profile, it will be assigned to one profile only in a non-predictable way.