Open Source Intelligence tools – OSINT

open Source intelligence tools

What is Open Source Intelligence(OSINT)?

Open source intelligence also known as OSINT is the use of publicly available information for intelligence purpose

Security analyst uses OSINT to harvest publicly available information which may aid analysis and investigation

There are tools that can be used to discover information that are publicly available.Knowing that information is available is one thing, the ability to collect this information and makes intelligence out of them is a great thing..Aside this tools,there are other OSINT tools on github.However,some of this tools are

Open Source Intelligence Tools


just like google and bing, Yandex is a great source for open source intelligence and my best usage so far is on image search.It works like magic.Like Google, Yandex is so much more than a search engine. It offers email, cloud, and online payment services, streaming music, news aggregation, and live traffic maps

Google Dorks

If you know how to use the right syntax, google is a very good tool for gathering open source information about people and organizations. Syntax on google dorks


Shodan is the search engine for keeps track of all the computers and assets on the network that are directly accessible from the internet. It doesn’t present   results like other search engines. ,rather it shows result to make sense to a security professional. It provides information about assets that have been connected online. This helps security analyst to identify assets and test it for vulnerabilities. This OSINT tool lets you understand your digital footprint

The harvester

This is a pre- bundled tool on the kali Linux operating system and it is an excellent tool for getting email and domain related information


This is used to perform an image related search on the web. You can search to check if an image has being available online and where it appeared

Spider Foot

Spider foot automates open source intelligence to find out everything possible about your target

Wayback Machine

This is a digital archive of the world wide web and other information on the internet. It consists of snapshots of webpages over time.

Virus Total

This analyze suspicious files and URLs to detect types of malware, automatically share them with the security community. All you need to do is visit Virus Total file, URl or search for IP address that have being blacklisted.


This is another great open source intelligence tool,it delivers great threat picture to the environment that an organization owns and operates. Maltego’s unique advantage is to demonstrate the complexity and severity of single points of failure as well as trust relationships that exist currently within the scope of your infrastructure.


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Aboki mai shai
Aboki mai shai
5 years ago

Wow…. This is great…. I think you should provide links to get this tools and more so tell us more about those tools…. But I think this is nice initiative by you keep the good worl

4 years ago

Well done!
In addition, Social media is one of the simplest for OSINT 😀

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