WaterRoof
WaterRoof
3.8

4.3

WaterRoof free download for Mac

WaterRoof3.8

18 December 2012

Firewall management front end.

Overview

WaterRoof is a ipfw firewall management frontend with bandwidth tuning, NAT setup, port redirection, dynamic rules tracking, live connections blocks, predefined rule sets, wizard, logs, graphic report and statistics and other features.

  • uses Mac OS X built-in IPFW firewall. No kernel modules, no extensions, no pain. WaterRoof is free and open-source
  • the most advanced Mac OS X free graphic frontend for ipfw now features a new, clean interface. WaterRoof lets you create, modify, delete, move ipfw ipv4 and ipv6 rules very quickly.
  • designed for Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server
  • build ipfw rules easily with the new simplified interface and the IPFW Rules Translator. Building ipfw rules now is easier than ever
  • scan your mac for running network services and filter open ports with one mouse click
  • list and ban remote hosts connected to your mac
  • watch and parse firewall logs, create raw and graphic statistics
  • look at active network connections, block them or limit their bandwidth on-the-fly with the connection inspector
  • list all processes that make or listen for network connections
  • Backup and deploy firewall rules with WaterRoof Injectors
  • manage Network Address Translation (NAT) daemon: create a dual-homed firewall/nat/router with port redirection and forwarding
  • Manage rules on Mac OS X Server: WaterRoof is fully integrated with Server Admin
  • Manage NAT Port Forwarding (including Mac OS X Server 10.7 Lion)
  • Configure a dual homed NAT firewall/router with Mac OS X Server 10.7 Lion: set up *working* port forwarding directives and choose your favourite IP range for your LAN interface and clients
  • deploy firewall configuration using WaterRoof Injectors
  • Import and export firewall configurations
  • Quick dns reverse and whois choosing from a list of whois servers
  • manage network bandwidth with dummynet pipes
  • check live dynamic rules (IPFW States) created by stateful firewall rules
  • import rules from NoobProof Injectors
  • keep your favourite firewall rules active at system boot
  • explore and test ipfw with configuration wizard and ready rule sets
  • tested on 10.6.8 and 10.7.3 (client/server), runs on 10.8DP3 too.
  • concept and code by Hany El Imam
  • It's free !! We accept PayPal donations to hany@hanynet.com and BitCoin donations to 16UvmZcqEEYT5gYrTaGrh82d12726fQi5x . Thank you.

With WaterRoof you can set up the IPFW built-in firewall easily and quickly. With the NAT Setup feature you can fine-tune your Internet sharing for the home LAN, or you can also set up a full-featured dual-homed firewall for your network.Rules and network option can be stored and loaded at boot time.

WaterRoof is only a frontend so it makes use of system tools: this means that when you have finished configuring/testing your firewall, you can safely delete WaterRoof from your system, without loosing your rules. Bandwidth settings, firewall rules, NAT rules, forwarding, logging and other options will be preserved and activated at boot using launchd, following Apple guidelines.This means that WaterRoof is quite safe because it does not install any strange kernel extension or background daemon. You can also download and check WaterRoof source code, it's open.

WaterRoof can be used to learn how ipfw works: you can use predefined rule sets to test firewall behaviour, or you can use the wizard to start from scratch with a step-by-step configuration.But WaterRoof can also be used to deeply configure a ipfw firewall/router, using every ipfw option including traffic shaping (dummynet queues).

English documentation included. Source code available at my Web site. WaterRoof is freeware and open-source.

What's new in WaterRoof

Version 3.8:
  • Full OS X 10.8 support
  • Interface with bigger fonts
  • Improved network interfaces list
  • Fixed logs statistics for OS X 10.8

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How would you rate WaterRoof app?

17 Reviews of WaterRoof

Ericob
28 January 2010
Version: 3.0

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Creating names for new, specialized, software products is difficult. I have to say that "Water" + "Roof" is a pretty clever twist on "Fire" + "Wall." And this from someone who does not use English as their primary language! Pretty good... :)
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anonymous-dingo-653
06 May 2012
Version: 3.7
The downfall here is misunderstanding of daemons. Without a live daemon running, there's no in the moment warnings and options to cut off a program seeking to establishing and incoming or outgoing connection illicitly. This might useful for analyzing and setting up a default firewall configuration with greater control than the dumbed down swiss cheese setup that comes default in OS X. But without the assistance of a daemon, even running into a java applet on a web page won't always trigger a warning to do something about it. No, doesn't hold a candle to any form of live defense, such as in Little Snitch.
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goldenthal-g
08 April 2012
Version: 3.6
Declining vision requires scalability wrt this otherwise very interesting-looking program (and only one other so far). The "zoom" merely takes up more screen real estate, does not enlarge fonts too, so no improvement. I know I can change the resolution settings of my monitor, but that is a nuisance for, so far, only Water Roof and Pure Music.
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Daniel-Albaugh
17 July 2011
Version: 3.3
When I click "Generate graphic report' , I get the error The file /Applications/WaterRoof.app/Contents/Resources/fwanalog/out/alldates.html does not exist. (1) Sure enough, you can only get as far as /Applicatons/WaterRoof.app/Contents/Resources/fwanalog. Hany, can this be fixed?
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Ericob
28 January 2010
Version: 3.0
Creating names for new, specialized, software products is difficult. I have to say that "Water" + "Roof" is a pretty clever twist on "Fire" + "Wall." And this from someone who does not use English as their primary language! Pretty good... :)
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Aikousha
23 January 2009
Version: 2.1
Definitely doesn't work for me. Won't save rules, locks up with scripting errors after 4th block attempt, after crash (about 5 minutes after lockup), will not restart (icon appears in dock but nothing else happens, and this then creates a situation where a power-button restart is required). This is off a clean install of 10.4.11, so I can't understand what is going wrong.
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Nicolasd
13 December 2007
Version: 2.0
thank goodness this is a free app! thanks so much to the developer for the effort! it is appreciated more than you know.
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Hany
05 November 2007
Version: 1.9
Now up and running, sorry about that.
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Xypher
04 November 2007
Version: 1.9
Just released and the link is down?
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Variac
20 September 2007
Version: 1.8
Is it possible to have a waterRoof version that will run on MAC OS 10.3
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Likos
31 August 2007
Version: 1.8
Thanks for a useful tool. If time permits can you please consider adding port knocking to the list of features?
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Ptbcmac
09 August 2007
Version: 1.8
Easy to use and full of interesting features. We all have been waiting for a long time, but now we have a good firewall interface for osx.
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Moire
18 July 2007
Version: 1.7
This program is quite simply a gui for the ipfw command prompt firewall program. If you don't understand ipfw this program won't help you as the manual is too vague. If this is the case for you you'll be better off sharpening your ipfw skills by manipulating the command line form of ipfw as that is the true way of learning and mastering ipfw.
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Hany
24 November 2006
Version: 1.3
Ok guys, sorry but there was a HUGE BUG in WaterRoof releases prior to 1.3, and it was due to the Mac OS X Applescript authentication system. It is a known bug, and it causes system crash. There's nothing wrong with WaterRoof code. Apple is going to fix this, I hope. You find more at lists.apple.com. WaterRoof 1.3 has changed authentication system: now it asks for password only ONE time, when started. And now WaterRoof is CRASH-PROOF. I'm waiting for your opinions Thank you Hany
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Hany
17 November 2006
Version: 1.2
Ok guys, first of all thank you for trying WaterRoof. The development of this tool goes on, I have many ideas but little time. Your opinions are welcome. I will not release a new version of WaterRoof each day on MacUpdate, but if you want you can get night builds from my web site at http://www.hanynet.com/waterroof/index.html . These are untested beta versions. Thank you again, best regard. Hany hany@hanynet.com www.hanynet.com
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fahlman
17 November 2006
Version: 1.2
The number of windows could be reduced.
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Hihihoho
16 November 2006
Version: 1.1
great tool, i'm looking for this kind of software since ages ;) best of all its free- great work!! iPoe
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I-Am-Wm
16 November 2006
Version: 1.1
Pro level tool. Not for the uninitiated. I've got my Network+ Cert and so I have an idea of what it's for, but it's deep. There are many options that go way way beyond the Firewall Settings in System Preferences. The documentation is seperate from the GUI (no pop up tips or anything), and it's written for people with atleast a solid understanding of IP Addressing. It has a clean interface with lots of options, so it probably is a useful tool for the right kind of user. If nothing else you can backup and restore IPFW2 configuration files. If you have the knowledge to know what the settings mean, then it would be easy to use. Point and click. Because this is mostly a GUI to a command line tool and the users are definately going to be Techies, it probably is NOT a must have, but maybe handy at times, eve just to make it easier to read the rules you setup through the command line. I admittedly only fired it up once, but for that short time it was stable ;-) Wm
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