theHarvester alternatives

Looking for an alternative tool to replace theHarvester? During the review of theHarvester we looked at other open source tools. Based on their category, tags, and text, these are the ones that have the best match.

Top 3

  1. Belati (OSINT tool)
  2. DataSploit (OSINT framework)
  3. Gitrob (discovery of sensitive data in repositories)

These tools are ranked as the best alternatives to theHarvester.

Alternatives (by score)

60

Belati

Introduction

Belati is security tool to collect public data and information and calls itself a Swiss army knife for OSINT purposes.

Project details

Belati is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + The source code of this software is available
  • - Full name of author is unknown

Typical usage

  • Information gathering

Belati review

74

DataSploit

Introduction

DataSploit is a framework to perform intelligence gathering to discover credentials, domain information, and other information related to the target. It uses various reconnaissance techniques on companies, people, phone numbers, and even cryptocoin technology. It allows aggregating all raw data and return it in multiple formats.

Project details

DataSploit is written in Python.

Strengths and weaknesses

  • + More than 10 contributors
  • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
  • + The source code of this software is available

    Typical usage

    • Information gathering
    • OSINT research
    • Security monitoring

    DataSploit review

    60

    Gitrob

    Introduction

    Especially open source developers may share their code in a public repository like GitHub. This is a great way to collaborate between the developer(s) and the community. The risk of sharing code is that sensitive data is part of the repository and uploaded by accident. GitRob helps to detect this kind of accidental leaks.

    Project details

    Gitrob is written in Ruby.

    Strengths and weaknesses

    • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
    • + The source code of this software is available

      Typical usage

      • Data leak prevention
      • Information gathering
      • Penetration testing
      • Security assessment

      Gitrob review

      60

      OSRFramework

      Introduction

      This OSINT framework allows combining sources and provide data in different formats (web interface, API, command line).

      Project details

      OSRFramework is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + Available as package (simplified installation)
      • + The source code of this software is available
      • - No releases on GitHub available

      Typical usage

      • Information gathering

      OSRFramework review

      85

      dirsearch

      Introduction

      Dirsearch is a tool to guide security professionals to find possible information leaks or sensitive data. It does this by looking for directory and file names.

      Project details

      dirsearch is written in Python.

      Strengths and weaknesses

      • + More than 10 contributors
      • + More than 500 GitHub stars
      • + The source code of this software is available

        Typical usage

        • Information gathering
        • Penetration testing
        • Security assessment

        dirsearch review

        64

        DirSearch (Go)

        Introduction

        DirSearch is a Go implementation of the original dirsearch tool written by Mauro Soria. It is used to discover directories by using common names and guessing (fuzzing).

        Project details

        DirSearch (Go) is written in Golang.

        Strengths and weaknesses

        • + The source code of this software is available

          Typical usage

          • Information gathering
          • Penetration testing
          • Security assessment

          DirSearch (Go) review

          64

          Domain Analyzer

          Introduction

          Domain Analyzer is an information gathering tool and comes in handy for reconnaissance. This can be useful for doing penetration testing or evaluating what information is publically available about your own domains. Some pieces of information that can be discovered include DNS servers, IP addresses, mail servers, SPF information, open ports, and more.

          Project details

          Domain Analyzer is written in Python.

          Strengths and weaknesses

          • + More than 1000 GitHub stars
          • + Very low number of dependencies
          • + The source code of this software is available

            Typical usage

            • Information gathering
            • Penetration testing

            Domain Analyzer review

            85

            Gitem

            Introduction

            Gitem is a reconnaissance tool to extract information about organizations on GitHub. It can be used to find the leaking of sensitive data.

            Project details

            Gitem is written in Python.

            Strengths and weaknesses

            • + The source code of this software is available

              Typical usage

              • Information gathering
              • Security assessment
              • Security monitoring
              • Self-assessment

              Gitem review

              64

              Infoga

              Introduction

              This tool could be used during penetration testing to learn what information is leaked regarding email addresses. For a company, it may be useful to do security monitoring and learn the same.

              Project details

              Infoga is written in Python.

              Strengths and weaknesses

              • + The source code of this software is available

                Typical usage

                • Information gathering
                • Reconnaissance

                Infoga review

                56

                Metagoofil

                Introduction

                Metagoofil will perform a search in Google based on the given domain name. Any public documents will be downloaded and analyzed. For this task it uses libraries like Hachoir, PdfMiner, and others. Useful details include username, software versions, hostnames, etc.

                File types: pdf, doc, xls, ppt, docx, pptx, xlsx

                Project details

                Metagoofil is written in Python.

                Strengths and weaknesses

                • + The source code of this software is available

                  Typical usage

                  • Information gathering
                  • Penetration testing

                  Metagoofil review

                  100

                  osquery

                  Introduction

                  The osquery tool allows querying your Linux, Windows, and macOS infrastructure. It can help with intrusion detection, infrastructure reliability, or compliance.

                  Project details

                  osquery is written in C++, Python.

                  Strengths and weaknesses

                  • + More than 100 contributors
                  • + More than 9000 stars
                  • + The source code of this software is available
                  • + Supported by a large company

                    Typical usage

                    • Compliance testing
                    • Information gathering
                    • Security monitoring

                    osquery review

                    60

                    otseca

                    Introduction

                    Tools like otseca help with data collection. This could be useful for system administrators to collect data on a regular interval. This data then can be compared with a future data capture. Another possibility is to use it during pentesting. In that case one should have already obtained root access, as the tool requires this as well.

                    Project details

                    otseca is written in shell script.

                    Strengths and weaknesses

                    • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                    • + Tool is modular and extendable
                    • + The source code of this software is available

                      Typical usage

                      • Configuration audit
                      • Penetration testing
                      • Security assessment

                      otseca review

                      64

                      RTA (Red Team Arsenal)

                      Introduction

                      RTA is helpful to automate scanning public resources of a company. As the project name implies, this may be used during red teaming, like a penetration test. That obviously does not limit its use, as it is similarly useful by the blue team.

                      With its integration with Nessus and other tools, RTA is more of a toolkit. This can be seen in its functionality, like subdomain enumeration and information gathering capabilities.

                      Project details

                      RTA is written in Python.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code of this software is available
                      • - No releases on GitHub available

                      Typical usage

                      • Information gathering
                      • Penetration testing
                      • Security assessment
                      • System enumeration

                      RTA review

                      74

                      SearchSploit

                      Introduction

                      SearchSploit is a small by OffensiveSecurity to search for exploits and related data in the exploit database (Exploit-DB). This may help penetration testers in their security assignments.

                      Project details

                      SearchSploit is written in shell script.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                      • + Tool is easy to use
                      • + Used language is shell script
                      • - Full name of author is unknown

                      Typical usage

                      • Information gathering
                      • Penetration testing
                      • Service exploitation
                      • System exploitation
                      • Vulnerability testing

                      SearchSploit review

                      78

                      Wappalyzer

                      Introduction

                      Wappalyzer can be a useful asset when performing reconnaissance on a particular target like a web application or website. It helps to find what software is used to run a particular page. Components that can be detected are the content management system (CMS), JavaScript framework, e-commerce software, web server, and more.

                      Project details

                      Wappalyzer is written in Node.js.

                      Strengths and weaknesses

                      • + Has 300+ contributors
                      • + More than 4000 GitHub stars
                      • + Many releases available
                      • + The source code of this software is available

                        Typical usage

                        • Information gathering
                        • Reconnaissance
                        • Software identification

                        Wappalyzer review

                        64

                        web-hunter

                        Introduction

                        Tools like web-hunter help with information gathering. This can be useful for penetration testing or when doing a self-assessment on your organization.

                        Project details

                        web-hunter is written in Python.

                        Strengths and weaknesses

                        • + The source code of this software is available

                          Typical usage

                          • Information gathering

                          web-hunter review

                          64

                          weblocator

                          Introduction

                          The weblocator security tool performs a discovery search to find directories and files. This can be useful for penetration tests to find sensitive data.

                          Project details

                          weblocator is written in Python.

                          Strengths and weaknesses

                          • + The source code of this software is available

                            Typical usage

                            • Information gathering
                            • Penetration testing
                            • Security assessment

                            weblocator review

                            60

                            wig (WebApp Information Gatherer)

                            Introduction

                            Wig is a security tool to discover what particular software is for a web application or website. It can detect several Content Management Systems (CMS) and other administrative applications. This may be useful for those performing reconnaissance or information gathering, like during a penetration test of security assessment.

                            Project details

                            wig is written in Python.

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available
                            • - No updates for a while
                            • - Full name of author is unknown

                            Typical usage

                            • Application fingerprinting
                            • Information gathering
                            • Reconnaissance
                            • Web application analysis

                            wig review

                            64

                            GasMask

                            Introduction

                            GasMask is an open source intelligence gathering tool (OSINT). It can be used to discover more information about a particular target. The sources it uses include search engines like Bing, Google, and Yandex. Additionally it retrieves information from GitHub, YouTube, and social media platforms like Twitter.

                            Project details

                            Strengths and weaknesses

                            • + The source code of this software is available

                              Typical usage

                              • Information gathering

                              GasMask review

                              74

                              OSINT Framework

                              Introduction

                              The OSINT framework provides a collection of tools to gather and parse public data. The tool is web-based and makes it easy to find tools for a particular task.

                              Project details

                              OSINT Framework is written in JavaScript.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + More than 10 contributors
                              • + More than 500 GitHub stars
                              • + The source code of this software is available
                              • - No releases on GitHub available

                              Typical usage

                              • Footprinting
                              • Intelligence gathering
                              • OSINT research
                              • Reconnaissance

                              OSINT Framework review

                              68

                              OSINT-SPY

                              Introduction

                              OSINT-SPY is a modular tool to query information on different subjects like an IP address, domain, email address, or even Bitcoin address. This tool can be valuable during the reconnaissance phase of a penetration test. It can be used also for defenses purpose, like learning what information is publically available about your organization and its assets.

                              Project details

                              OSINT-SPY is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code is easy to read and understand
                              • + The source code of this software is available
                              • - No releases on GitHub available

                              Typical usage

                              • Information gathering
                              • Penetration testing
                              • Reconnaissance

                              OSINT-SPY review

                              74

                              SpiderFoot

                              Introduction

                              SpiderFoot can be used offensively during penetration tests, or defensively to learn what information is available about your organization.

                              Project details

                              SpiderFoot is written in Python.

                              Strengths and weaknesses

                              • + The source code of this software is available

                                Typical usage

                                • Information gathering

                                SpiderFoot review

                                60

                                ThreatPinch Lookup

                                Introduction

                                ThreatPinch helps to speed up collecting information from common resources like CVE databases or public WHOIS data. As it works from the browser, it is a helpful addition for people who have to perform forensics, security monitoring, or system administration. For example, getting the owner of a domain and IP address becomes almost instant knowledge.

                                Project details

                                ThreatPinch Lookup is written in JavaScript.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + Many integration possibilities available
                                • - Unknown project license

                                Typical usage

                                • Information gathering
                                • Threat hunting

                                ThreatPinch Lookup review

                                64

                                XRay

                                Introduction

                                XRay is a security tool for reconnaissance, mapping, and OSINT gathering from public networks.

                                Project details

                                XRay is written in Golang.

                                Strengths and weaknesses

                                • + The source code of this software is available

                                  Typical usage

                                  • Information gathering
                                  • Reconnaissance

                                  XRay review

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