Kismet Wireless


Help Support Kismet!

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!

Become a Patron

Kismet Cases!

Want to help out Kismet dev? Do you have a Raspberry Pi 0w (or just 0) that needs some Kismet love, or an Ubertooth One or YARD Stick One radio which needs a case?

You can get Kismet and radio cases from the Kismet Tindie Store!

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Ubertooth 1
YARD Stick 1

IRC and Discord

If you'd like to chat with the Kismet community, you can find us on IRC and Discord:

  • On IRC, where we're on in the #kismet channel
  • On Discord, where we have a Kismet server

What is Kismet?

Kismet is a wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. Kismet works with Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11) cards, as well as Bluetooth devices for scanning dicoverable BT and BTLE devices, the RTL-SDR radio for detecting wireless sensors, thermometers, and switches, and a growing collection of other capture hardware.

Beta (and Git) vs Stable

The new 2018 beta version of Kismet represents a huge change in the code.

You can find directions for downloading the beta or git-master and compiing it on the downloads page and the Kismet documentation 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!


The new Kismet 2018 beta has many new features, including:
  • All new web-based UI
  • HTTP/HTTPS scriptable JSON interface for controlling Kismet and fetching data via standard REST idioms
  • Revamped plugin support for server and web-based UI plugins
  • External tools APIs to integrate additional tools like rtl433
  • Unified 'kismetdb' log file which can store device records, alerts, messages, and packets in a single file
  • Pcap-NG multi-interface capture support with original packet headers
  • Live streaming of realtime captures over HTTP
  • All new super-light remote capture code
  • Support for non Wi-Fi protocols like Bluetooth, RTL433 SDR-based sensor detection, and more
  • Multithreaded packet decoding for higher workloads
  • Massive (50+) multi-radio support


You can follow (semi-infrequent) in-depth development posts on the development blog.

For real-time information about new features under development in Kismet you can follow @KismetWireless on Twitter.

Interested in hacking on Kismet or talking to the Kismet server via another tool, or extract the data via scripts? Check out the developer docs in the git repo for in-depth info on all the REST endpoints and Kismet interfaces.

Guides and How-Tos

The Kismet Documentation is the first place you should look for how to do things - the new Kismet has a lot of configuration options (even more than before) and while it generally tries to do the "right thing", you may have an edge case.

Compiling and using Kismet on OSX - Kismet can run on OSX using the built-in Wi-Fi adapter; unfortunately there are currently no monitor-capable USB drivers on OSX, but if you're looking to use Kismet on a Mac, this will help you out.

Compiling and using Kismet on Win10 WSL - It's not possible to capture packets directly on Win10 with the WSL, but Kismet can run and communicate with remote sensors (including "local" devices like a Raspberry Pi3 or Pi0W running the Kismet capture code).

Compiling Kismet for the Hak5 Wi-Fi Pineapple Tetra - Want to run Kismet on your Tetra (or to a lesser extent, Nano?) Start here. These instructions can also be adapted to other OpenWRT/LEDE based variants.

Compiling Kismet as remote-capture only for OpenWRT/LEDE - Have a low-power/low-flash OpenWRT device? Turn it into a Kismet remote sensor! You don't need the C++ runtime or the full code, just a small pure-C binary.

Screenshots (2018-Beta / git-master)

Plugins (2018-Beta)

In Kismet 2018, Kismet now supports plugins which extend the UI via web functionality, as well as traditional plugins which extend the server functionality. It's even possible to combine the two, integrating external tools using scripting languages like Python.

Some new plugins for Kismet include:


Kestrel adds live mapping to the Kismet UI using the Leaflet library, overlaying network and device locations on a live map.

You can find Kestrel at

You can see a demo of Kestrel in action on YouTube

IoD - Screwdriver

Find and highlight Internet-enabled "personal" devices.

You can find Screwdriver at

ElKentaro's Simplified Mobile Dashboard

A re-spin of the Kismet UI optimized for mobile and tablet devices which makes using Kismet at a glance much simpler.

You can find the the mobile dashboard at

Are you working on a plugin for Kismet you'd like to see here? Let us know on the IRC or Kismet Discord channel, or @KismetWireless

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