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Tool and Usage

Project details

Public domain
Programming language
Latest release
1.10 []

Project health

This score is calculated by different factors, like project age, last release date, etc.


Netcat (or nc) is a small tool to set up network connections via TCP or UDP. It can be used in scripts and fulfill multiple roles like port scanning, transferring files, port listening, or even as a backdoor.

The development of this tool looks to be stalled or stopped.

Usage and audience

Netcat is commonly used for penetration testing, security assessment, or troubleshooting. Target users for this tool are pentesters, 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:


  • + Project is mature (10+ years)
  • + The source code of this software is available


  • - No updates for a while


Supported operating systems

Netcat is known to work on Linux.

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