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SpiderFoot, the open source footprinting and intelligence-gathering tool.
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SpiderFoot is an open source footprinting tool, created by Steve Micallef It is designed to be easy to use, fast and extensible.

Visit the project website at


To get the packaged and tested SpiderFoot releases for your platform:

To get the latest source and tinker around with it yourself:


SpiderFoot is written in Python (2.6-2.7), so to run on Linux/Solaris/etc. you need Python 2.6 or 2.7 installed, in addition to the netaddr, lxml, M2Crypto, CherryPy and Mako modules.

To install the dependencies using PIP (, do the following:

$ pip install lxml netaddr M2Crypto cherrypy mako

SpiderFoot was developed against lxml 3.3.5, netaddr 0.7.10, M2Crypto 0.20.2, CherryPy 3.2.2 and Mako 0.7.2. If you run into any issues on newer versions, please let me know.

DNSPython ( is also a dependency but is included in the package under the dns directory, so does not need to be installed.

Depending on your Linux build, you may also need SWIG installed. If your Linux distribution supports APT, you can install it with:

$ sudo apt-get install swig

All other module dependencies, such as SQLite3, are included with Python, so nothing further should be needed.

To run SpiderFoot, simply execute from the directory you extracted SpiderFoot into:

$ python ./

Once executed, a web-server will be started, which by default will listen on You can then use the web-browser of your choice by browsing to

If you wish to make SpiderFoot accessible from another system, for example running it on a server and controlling it remotely, then you can specify an external IP for SpiderFoot to bind to, or use so that it binds to all addresses, including

$ python ./

If port 5001 is used by another application on your system, you can change the port:

$ python ./

A word of CAUTION:

SpiderFoot does not authenticate users connecting to it's user-interface (feature coming soon..), so avoid running it on a server/workstation that can be accessed from untrusted devices, as they will be able to control SpiderFoot remotely and initiate scans from your devices.


SpiderFoot for Windows comes as a pre-packaged executable, with no need to install any dependencies.

For now, there is no installer wizard, so all that's needed is to unzip the package into a directory (e.g. C:\SpiderFoot) and run sf.exe:



All bugs are tracked in github, please visit:


A UserVoice instance has been set up for capturing feature requests, please visit: to request new features or vote on other people's requests.


A user manual is currently work-in-progress, but effort has been made to make the user-interface as simple and self-explanatory as possible.

If you are really stuck, just e-mail

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