Tool and Usage
Nmap is a security scanner that can perform a port scan, network exploration, and determine vulnerabilities
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".
Usage and audience
Nmap is commonly used for network scanning or vulnerability scanning. Target users for this tool are pentesters, security professionals, and system administrators.
- + Project is mature (10+ years)
- + The source code of this software is available
- + Well-known author
- + Well-known tool
- - Software usage is restricted (e.g. commercially)
Author and Maintainers
Nmap is under development by Gordon Lyon.
Support operating systems
Nmap is known to work on FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, and OpenBSD.
|Latest release||7.60 [2017-08-01]|
|Last updated||Sept. 17, 2017|
|Nmap GitHub project page|
|Nmap project website|
Nmap training guides
This tool is also part of the Linux Security Expert training program.