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Tool and Usage

Project details
Programming languageGolang
AuthorZachary Rice
Latest release4.3.1 []

Project health

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Why this tool?

Gitleaks scans the repository, including history, for secrets and other sensitive data. This can be useful for both developers as security professionals to discover any leaks.

How it works

Upon a discovery, it will highlight this in the screen output. By using an exit code with the value 2, it can be used together with other scripts.

Usage and audience

gitleaks is commonly used for security assessment. Target users for this tool are developers, pentesters, and security professionals.


  • Colored output
  • Command line interface
  • Supports exit codes

Tool review and remarks

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


  • + More than 10 contributors
  • + More than 3000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

Author and Maintainers

Gitleaks is under development by Zachary Rice.


Supported operating systems

Gitleaks is known to work on Linux.

gitleaks alternatives

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GitMiner is a security tool to scan a Git repository for data leaks that may reveal sensitive information like authentication details.



Gitrob is a security tool to find sensitive information on GitHub. During the audit, it may detect passwords, API keys, or other secrets.



The mimipenguin tools extracts and dumps discovered login passwords for an active Linux user. It is inspired by the mimikatz tool for Windows.

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Related tool information


This tool is categorized as a Git mining tool and information extracting tool.