BotGuard GateKeeper

BotGuard GateKeeper protects your website from the full range of automated attacks, like DDoS or brute force, and eliminates bad bot-induced traffic from your business.

This solution is an advanced reverse proxy built around state of the art bot and hacker detection technology that hides your infrastructure and protects it from L7 DDoS attacks. It also offers a wide range of security and performance features such as WAF, HTTP/3 (QUIC), TLS 1.3, 0-RRT, automatic SSL certificate management, content caching and rate limiting.

You will also prevent server overload and diminish your web server’s network traffic to provide a more pleasant user experience with our straightforward and easy to install GateKeeper.

Software Included

Package Version License
Nginx (OpenSSL 3.0 and BotGuard patches) 1.27.0 BSD-2-clause license
Redis 6.0 BSD-3-clause license
BotGuard GateKeeper 1.3.0 Proprietary

Creating an App using the Control Panel

Click the Deploy to DigitalOcean button to create a Droplet based on this 1-Click App. If you aren’t logged in, this link will prompt you to log in with your DigitalOcean account.

Deploy to DO

Creating an App using the API

In addition to creating a Droplet from the BotGuard GateKeeper 1-Click App using the control panel, you can also use the DigitalOcean API. As an example, to create a 4GB BotGuard GateKeeper Droplet in the SFO2 region, you can use the following curl command. You need to either save your API access token) to an environment variable or substitute it in the command below.

curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
         -H 'Authorization: Bearer '$TOKEN'' -d \
        '{"name":"choose_a_name","region":"sfo2","size":"s-2vcpu-4gb","image": "botguardo-botguardgatekeep"}' \

Getting Started After Deploying BotGuard GateKeeper

Getting started

The configuration of BotGuard GateKeeper is simple, fast and straightforward. Everything is taken care of via browser.

As a prerequisite, you’ll need an API key, which can be found at your BotGuard dashboard.

Type the IP address of your droplet in browser address bar: http://your_droplet_public_ipv4 and hit Enter. The web application will ask you to enter your BotGuard API key or register a new BotGuard account to get one. The API key would be used as a password for further GateKeeper management.

After entering a valid API key, the page will refresh and prompt you to enter the username and password. Please use “botguard” as the username and your API key as the password.

Domain setup

  1. Select Domains in the top menu
  2. Click Add domain button
  3. Enter your web application domain name and add the subdomains, if they exist
  4. Define your application servers IP addresses in the Upstreams section. BotGuard GateKeeper will try to guess your upstream addresses based on the domain DNS records
  5. Select SSL certificate provider or upload your own certificate
  6. Select additional caching and security settings and save the changes. Don’t forget to enable BotGuard bot protection!
  7. Point your domain A/AAAA records to the BotGuard GateKeeper instance IP address