No supported database files found in /var/clamav

No supported database files
Sometimes, you may get the error "No supported database files found in /var/clamav" while restarting ClamAV. Here is the solution to resolve this issue.

You may get the error “No supported database files found in /var/clamav” while restarting ClamAV.

/etc/init.d/clamd restart
Stopping Clam AntiVirus Daemon: [FAILED]
Starting Clam AntiVirus Daemon: LibClamAV Error: cli_loaddb(): No supported database files found in /var/clamav
ERROR: Can't open file or directory [FAILED]


Don’t panic. You are getting this error because you don’t have any virus database definitions under /var/clamav. Run the below command to fix this.

killall freshclam


The above command will kill all running ClamAV update processes. Now run the “freshclam” to fix this issue.

ClamAV update process started at Wed May 22 02:45:39 2013
main.cvd is up to date (version: 54, sigs: 1044387, f-level: 60, builder: sven)
Downloading daily.cvd [100%]
daily.cvd updated (version: 17258, sigs: 1297275, f-level: 63, builder: neo)
Downloading bytecode.cvd [100%]bytecode.cvd updated (version: 214, sigs: 41, f-level: 63, builder: neo)
Database updated (2341703 signatures) from (IP:
WARNING: Clamd was NOT notified: Can't connect to clamd through /var/run/clamav/clamd.sock
connect(): No such file or directory


Please do not worry about the warning. You are getting this warning because you haven’t started the ClamAV yet.
Now it’s time to start the ClamAV.

/etc/init.d/clamd start
Starting Clam AntiVirus Daemon: [ OK ]


So that’s how you fix the ClamAV error – No supported database files found in /var/clamav.

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