MASSCAN - Mass IP port scanner (fastest Internet port scanner)

Monday, September 29, 2014

This is the fastest Internet port scanner. It can scan the entire Internet in under 6 minutes, transmitting 10 million packets per second.

It produces results similar to nmap, the most famous port scanner. Internally, it operates more like scanrand, unicornscan, and ZMap, using asynchronous transmission. The major difference is that it's faster than these other scanners. In addition, it's more flexible, allowing arbitrary address ranges and port ranges.

NOTE: masscan uses a custom TCP/IP stack. Anything other than simple port scans will cause conflict with the local TCP/IP stack. This means you need to either use the -S option to use a separate IP address, or configure your operating system to firewall the ports that masscan uses.

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On Debian/Ubuntu, it goes something like this:
$ sudo apt-get install git gcc make libpcap-dev
$ git clone
$ cd masscan
$ make

This puts the program in the masscan/bin subdirectory. You'll have to manually copy it to something like /usr/local/bin if you want to install it elsewhere on the system.

The source consists of a lot of small files, so building goes a lot faster by using the multi-threaded build:
$ make -j

While Linux is the primary target platform, the code runs well on many other systems. Here's some additional build info:
  • Windows w/ Visual Studio: use the VS10 project
  • Windows w/ MingGW: just type make
  • Windows w/ cygwin: won't work
  • Mac OS X /w XCode: use the XCode4 project
  • Mac OS X /w cmdline: just type make
  • FreeBSD: type gmake
  • other: I don't know, don't care


Usage is similar to nmap. To scan a network segment for some ports:
# masscan -p80,8000-8100

This will:
  • scan the 10.x.x.x subnet, all 16 million addresses
  • scans port 80 and the range 8000 to 8100, or 102 addresses total
  • print output to <stdout> that can be redirected to a file
To see the complete list of options, use the --echo feature. This dumps the current configuration and exits. This output can be used as input back into the program:
# masscan -p80,8000-8100 --echo > xxx.conf
# masscan -c xxx.conf --rate 1000

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