Tools compared: Network port scanners

Finding the right tool can be difficult. This sheet compares Masscan, Nmap, Nscan and ZMap.

MasscanNmapNscanZMap
Description

Masscan is a security tool to perform a network scan for many systems at once. It is optimized asynchronous transmissions to achieve its performance.

Nmap is a security scanner that can perform a port scan, network exploration, and determine vulnerabilities

Tool details

Nmap is short for "Network Mapper". It is a free and open source utility for network discovery and security auditing. It was release in September of 1997 by Gordon Lyon, commonly known under his pseudonym "Fyodor".

Dependencies
StrenghtsMore than 25 contributors, More than 6000 GitHub stars, The source code of this software is availableProject is mature (10+ years), The source code of this software is available, Well-known author, Well-known tool
WeaknessesSoftware usage is restricted (e.g. commercially)
Programming language(s)UnknownC, C++, Lua, PythonUnknownUnknown
Last release

1.0.4 (2017-06-06)

7.60 (2017-08-01)

UnknownUnknown
Tool page (last updated)

2017-09-20

2017-09-17

2017-07-29

2017-08-23

Tool score
84
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