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Tool and Usage

Project details
LicenseCustom license
Programming languagePython
AuthorMichel Oosterhof
Latest release2.1.0 []

Project health

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Usage and audience

Cowrie is commonly used for information gathering, learning, security monitoring, or threat discovery. Target users for this tool are security professionals and system administrators.

Tool review and remarks

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + More than 50 contributors
  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars

Author and Maintainers

Cowrie is under development by Michel Oosterhof.


Supported operating systems

Cowrie is known to work on Linux.


Several dependencies are required to use Cowrie.

  • appdirs
  • attrs
  • configparser
  • cryptography
  • gmpy2
  • packaging
  • pyasn1_modules
  • pycrypto
  • pyOpenSSL
  • pyparsing
  • python-dateutil
  • service_identity
  • tftpy
  • Twisted

Cowrie alternatives

Similar tools to Cowrie:



Dockpot uses Docker containers and HonSSH to create on-demand SSH honeypots. It forwards traffic for analysis and learning about attack patterns.



HonSSH is a high-interaction SSH honeypot to collect information about attackers that target the SSH service.


SSH Honeypot

SSH Honeypot is as the name implies a honeypot to emulate the SSH service. It can be used to learn about threats and commands used by attackers.

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Related tool information


This tool is categorized as a honeypot and SSH honeypot.