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CLI Tool which uses URLScan to scan websites and download corresponding screenshots and DOMs.
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Summary is a useful tool for scanning and obtaining information from potentially malicious websites. The creators of URLScan have very helpfully made an API which can be used to add some automation to your workflow. urlscanio is a simple Python CLI utility which makes use of the aforementioned APIs to automate my own personal workflow when it comes to using URLScan.


urlscanio was written in Python 3.7 and currently requires the user to have Python >= 3.5, mostly due to the fact that it makes use of the typing module.


If you have a compatible Python version installed, simply run (using pip3 if necessary):

pip install urlscanio

How to use

In this section, the different functions of the CLI are outlined. You may also use urlscanio -h|--help for information within your terminal.

API key and download directory

This tool requires an environment variable named URLSCAN_API_KEY to be set to your API key. Optionally, you may also set an environment variable called URLSCAN_DATA_DIR to specify where the screenshots and DOM should be downloaded. If not set, they will be downloaded in the directory you run the script from.

It is recommended to use the .bashrc or .zshrc file for this. If using PowerShell, add the environment variables to your user profile.

Investigate URL

Provided a URL (containing the protocol and domain at minimum), will request a scan and download the corresponding screenshot and DOM, as well as the report URL.


urlscan -i
urlscan --investigate

Submit scan request

Provided a URL (containing the protocol and domain at minimum), will request a scan and return the UUID generated. This can then be used to determine eg the screenshot location.


urlscan -s
urlscan --submit

Retrieve scan information

Provided the UUID linked to the scan in question, will query the API to download the screenshot and DOM from the report, as well as return the report URL.

urlscan -r c5be1459-0a64-4751-bf25-8dd6d3c5742d
urlscan --retrieve c5be1459-0a64-4751-bf25-8dd6d3c5742d
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