Kismet Wireless


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Kismet now has a Patreon page at if you'd like to help support continuing development. Always appreciated, never required - Kismet is open source, and will remain so!

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IRC and Discord

You can come talk with the Kismet community:
  • On IRC, where we're on in the #kismet channel
  • On Discord, where we have a Kismet server


Sunday, April 01, 2017

Some Dev Blog Updates


Some new posts on the Kismet dev blog that may be of interest:
Scripting the Kismet-Git Web Interface Part 1
Part 2

which talk about how to interact with the new Kismet webserver interface from a scripting tool; the new interface is far more flexible and far simpler to work with!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Lots of Git-Master Features


Lots of new features to play with in Kismet Git-Master! If you're daring and want to build from the Git source, there's a lot of new things to play with, including:

The new Web UI which is constantly evolving with new features, most recently added is the ability to highlight rows, proper UI resizing support, and seamless paging.

Passive WPA Handhsake Collection - Kismet can now collect handshakes from networks and provide them as pcap files over the web ui, protected by your web admin password.

RTL433 and Z-Wave support - Initial support for capturing RF thermometers, weather stations, power switches, and other devices supported by the rtl_433 tool and a RTLSDR dongle, as well as initial support for detecting Z-Wave home automation using KillerZee and a YardStick-1 or similar RFCat tool.

Support for thousands of devices - With server-side paging, sorting, and filtering and on-demand paging in the Web UI, Kismet can now handle thousands or even tens of thousands of devices on relatively modest hardware, displaying on even simpler hardware, like phones. Sure, it's the extreme case, but it's a good test.

September 20, 2016

Github Mirror


Kismet is now mirrored on Github.

If you really prefer the github interface to pulling from the Kismet site directly, the Kismet git is now automatically mirrored at!

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Kismet 2016-07-R1


A new (minor) Kismet release!

Kismet-2016-07-R1 is not the major new rewrite, but it does have a number of bug fixes: nl8011 support is fixed so finding the vif device works again, full 5GHz channel discovery works now, memory leaks in the drone are fixed, and some ncurses compile bugs are resolved.

You can grab it from the usual download page

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Kismet 2016-01-R1


After a very long while, a new Kismet release!

Kismet-2016-01-R1 is out! This release is more of a maintenance release than one introducing new features - those are still under development in the git tree under various branches.

Changes include: Turn on FCS validation by default for all sources, support for recent autotools, fixes for crashes when alert backlog was set to zero, fixes for failures in some VIF situations, fixes to resizing windows, fixes to GPS averaging, fixes to Radiotap changes in recent kernels, add WPS state parsing, handle BSSTimestamp parsing, and other assorted bug fixes and behavior improvements.

You can grab it from the usual download page

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Spectools 2016-01-R1


A new Spectools version is also out! This includes fixes that have been sitting in Git for a very long time, including: Tweaks to drawing parameters, support for WiSPY DBX V3, support for Ubertooth hardware, changes to scan rates for WiSPY hardware, and cleanup of old deprecated code.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

New Website


A new Kismet website!

I've switched the Kismet website to a new design, based very strongly on the fluid960gs layout.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Smarter Wi-Fi Manager R77


Smarter Wi-Fi Manager R77

This update of SWM fixes crashes on Android 4.3 and earlier which lacked the multiuser API.

What is Kismet?

Kismet is a wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. Kismet works predominately with Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11) networks, but can be expanded via plug-ins to handle other network types.

Git-Master vs Stable

A tremendous amount of new work has gone into the development version of Kismet - while it is not quite stable enough or feature complete enough to be a release yet, this is where the vast majority of new features and bug fixes can be found - the new Web based UI, REST protocol, remote capture, etc, all live in the git-master branch.

You can find directions for downloading git-master and compiing it on the downloads page and the README file has directions for compiling and staying up to date with the development code.

A full release with the new features is forthcoming for those who prefer not to compile from source!


  • 802.11 sniffing
  • Standard PCAP logging (compatible with Wireshark, TCPDump, etc)
  • Client/Server modular architecture
  • Plug-in architecture to expand core features
  • Multiple capture source support
  • Live export of packets to other tools via tun/tap virtual interfaces
  • Distributed remote sniffing via light-weight remote capture
  • XML output for integration with other tools


You can follow development info on the development blog.

You can also follow KismetWireless on Twitter for development updates and wireless-related stuff.


Fluid 960 Grid System, created by Stephen Bau, based on the 960 Grid System by Nathan Smith. Released under the GPL / MIT Licenses.