Kismet is a wireless network and device detector, sniffer, wardriving tool, and WIDS (wireless intrusion detection) framework.
Kismet works with Wi-Fi interfaces, Bluetooth interfaces, some SDR (software defined radio) hardware like the RTLSDR, and other specialized capture hardware.
Kismet works on Linux, OSX, and, to a degree, Windows 10 under the WSL framework. On Linux it works with most Wi-Fi cards, Bluetooth interfaces, and other hardware devices. On OSX it works with the built-in Wi-Fi interfaces, and on Windows 10 it will work with remote captures.
Kismet is under active development, with the latest development versions introducing:
- A new web-based UI
- HTTP/HTTPS scriptable API with JSON data records
- A new unified
kismetdblog format which stores packets, location, messages, and device records in a single file
- Live streaming of PCAP captures over HTTP
- Selective retrieval of packet history
- New super-lightweight remote capture code for use on devices with extremely limited RAM and storage
- Transparent remote packet capture from networked sensors
- PCAP-NG multi-interface multi-dlt capture
- Support for non-Wi-Fi protocols like Bluetooth, low-frequency environmental sensors, wireless keyboards & mice, and more
Help support Kismet on Patreon
Kismet now has a Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/kismetwireless; if you’d like to help support continued development. Support is always appreciated, but never required - Kismet is, and will remain, open source.
IRC and Discord
If you’d like to chat with the Kismet community, you can find us:
- On Discord, at the Discord Kismet server
- On IRC, at the #kismet channel on irc.freenode.net
If you’d like to help out supporting Kismet dev and have a Raspberry Pi 0w, Ubertooth One, or Yardstick One that needs some Kismet love (or just protection from getting smashed in your bag), you can get acrylic cut cases at the Kismet Tindie Store.
Kismet is under near-continual development. If you’re interested in the latest cutting-edge code, check out the Kismet Git repository, either at:
$ git clone https://www.kismetwireless.net/git/kismet.git
or to checkout from the Github mirror:
$ git clone https://github.com/kismetwireless/kismet.git
Kestrel adds live mapping to the Kismet UI using the Leaflet library, and overlays network and device locations on a live map with pin grouping for dense areas.
IoD - Screwdriver
More and more devices are getting “smart” functionality, including “personal” devices. Screwdriver from IoD highlights devices advertising more than you might prefer.
Get the IoD screwdriver plugin here
Optimized mobile interface
A re-spin of the Kismet web UI by ElKentaro optimized for mobile devices like phones and tablets, which makes seeing information from Kismet at a glance much simpler.
The mobile dashboard is on Github here
Kismet report generator
A report generator for grouping devices by BSSID or SSID, with an export to PDF and CSV.
You can find Soliforte’s report generator here