Cyber Security Forensics



Welcome to the world of forensics in Cybersecurity.

A collection of forensics tools, software, libraries, learning tutorials, frameworks, academic and practical resources in Cybersecurity. Thanks to all contributors, you’re awesome and wouldn’t be possible without you! Our goal is to build a categorized community-driven collection of very well-known resources.





  • Autopsy – SleuthKit GUI
  • dff – Forensic framework
  • dexter – Dexter is a forensics acquisition framework designed to be extensible and secure
  • IntelMQ – IntelMQ collects and processes security feeds
  • Kuiper – Digital Investigation Platform
  • Laika BOSS – Laika is an object scanner and intrusion detection system
  • PowerForensics – PowerForensics is a framework for live disk forensic analysis
  • The Sleuth Kit – Tools for low level forensic analysis
  • turbinia – Turbinia is an open-source framework for deploying, managing, and running forensic workloads on cloud platforms
  • IPED – Indexador e Processador de Evidências Digitais – Brazilian Federal Police Tool for Forensic Investigations
  • Wombat Forensics – Forensic GUI tool

Live Forensics

  • grr – GRR Rapid Response: remote live forensics for incident response
  • Linux Expl0rer – Easy-to-use live forensics toolbox for Linux endpoints written in Python & Flask
  • mig – Distributed & real time digital forensics at the speed of the cloud
  • osquery – SQL powered operating system analytics
  • UAC – UAC (Unix-like Artifacts Collector) is a Live Response collection tool for Incident Reponse that makes use of built-in tools to automate the collection of Unix-like systems artifacts. Supported systems: AIX, FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, NetBSD, Netscaler, OpenBSD and Solaris.

IOC Scanner

  • Fenrir – Simple Bash IOC Scanner
  • Loki – Simple IOC and Incident Response Scanner
  • Redline – Free endpoint security tool from FireEye
  • THOR Lite – Free IOC and YARA Scanner


  • artifactcollector – A customizable agent to collect forensic artifacts on any Windows, macOS or Linux system
  • ArtifactExtractor – Extract common Windows artifacts from source images and VSCs
  • AVML – A portable volatile memory acquisition tool for Linux
  • Belkasoft RAM Capturer – Volatile Memory Acquisition Tool
  • CrowdResponse – A static host data collection tool by CrowdStrike
  • DFIR ORC – Forensics artefact collection tool for systems running Microsoft Windows
  • FastIR Collector – Collect artifacts on windows
  • FireEye Memoryze – A free memory forensic software
  • LiME – Loadable Kernel Module (LKM), which allows the acquisition of volatile memory from Linux and Linux-based devices, formerly called DMD
  • Magnet RAM Capture – A free imaging tool designed to capture the physical memory
  • Velociraptor – Velociraptor is a tool for collecting host based state information using Velocidex Query Language (VQL) queries
  • WinTriage – Wintriage is a live response tool that extracts Windows artifacts. It must be executed with local or domain administrator privileges and recommended to be done from an external drive.


  • dc3dd – Improved version of dd
  • dcfldd – Different improved version of dd (this version has some bugs!, another version is on github adulau/dcfldd)
  • FTK Imager – Free imageing tool for windows
  • Guymager – Open source version for disk imageing on linux systems


  • bstrings – Improved strings utility
  • bulk_extractor – Extracts information such as email addresses, creditcard numbers and histrograms from disk images
  • floss – Static analysis tool to automatically deobfuscate strings from malware binaries
  • photorec – File carving tool
  • swap_digger – A bash script used to automate Linux swap analysis, automating swap extraction and searches for Linux user credentials, Web form credentials, Web form emails, etc.

Memory Forensics

  • – High speed memory analysis framework developed in .NET supports all Windows x64, includes code integrity and write support
  • KeeFarce – Extract KeePass passwords from memory
  • MemProcFS – An easy and convenient way of accessing physical memory as files a virtual file system.
  • Rekall – Memory Forensic Framework
  • volatility – The memory forensic framework
  • VolUtility – Web App for Volatility framework

Network Forensics

Windows Artifacts

  • Beagle – Transform data sources and logs into graphs
  • FRED – Cross-platform microsoft registry hive editor
  • LastActivityView – LastActivityView by Nirsoftis a tool for Windows operating system that collects information from various sources on a running system, and displays a log of actions made by the user and events occurred on this computer.
  • LogonTracer – Investigate malicious Windows logon by visualizing and analyzing Windows event log
  • python-evt – Pure Python parser for classic Windows Event Log files (.evt)
  • RegRipper3.0 – RegRipper is an open source Perl tool for parsing the Registry and presenting it for analysis
  • RegRippy – A framework for reading and extracting useful forensics data from Windows registry hives

NTFS/MFT Processing

OS X Forensics

Mobile Forensics

  • Andriller – A software utility with a collection of forensic tools for smartphones
  • ALEAPP – An Android Logs Events and Protobuf Parser
  • ArtEx – Artifact Examiner for iOS Full File System extractions
  • iLEAPP – An iOS Logs, Events, And Plists Parser
  • iOS Frequent Locations Dumper – Dump the contents of the StateModel#.archive files located in /private/var/mobile/Library/Caches/
  • MEAT – Perform different kinds of acquisitions on iOS devices
  • MobSF – An automated, all-in-one mobile application (Android/iOS/Windows) pen-testing, malware analysis and security assessment framework capable of performing static and dynamic analysis.
  • OpenBackupExtractor – An app for extracting data from iPhone and iPad backups.

Docker Forensics

Internet Artifacts

  • ChromeCacheView – A small utility that reads the cache folder of Google Chrome Web browser, and displays the list of all files currently stored in the cache
  • chrome-url-dumper – Dump all local stored infromation collected by Chrome
  • hindsight – Internet history forensics for Google Chrome/Chromium
  • unfurl – Extract and visualize data from URLs

Timeline Analysis

  • DFTimewolf – Framework for orchestrating forensic collection, processing and data export using GRR and Rekall
  • plaso – Extract timestamps from various files and aggregate them
  • Timeline Explorer – Timeline Analysis tool for CSV and Excel files. Built for SANS FOR508 students
  • timeliner – A rewrite of mactime, a bodyfile reader
  • timesketch – Collaborative forensic timeline analysis

Disk image handling

  • Disk Arbitrator – A Mac OS X forensic utility designed to help the user ensure correct forensic procedures are followed during imaging of a disk device
  • imagemounter – Command line utility and Python package to ease the (un)mounting of forensic disk images
  • libewf – Libewf is a library and some tools to access the Expert Witness Compression Format (EWF, E01)
  • PancakeViewer – Disk image viewer based in dfvfs, similar to the FTK Imager viewer
  • xmount – Convert between different disk image formats



  • dfirtrack – Digital Forensics and Incident Response Tracking application, track systems
  • Incidents – Web application for organizing non-trivial security investigations. Built on the idea that incidents are trees of tickets, where some tickets are leads

Picture Analysis

  • Ghiro – A fully automated tool designed to run forensics analysis over a massive amount of images
  • sherloq – An open-source digital photographic image forensic toolset

Metadata Forensics

  • ExifTool by Phil Harvey
  • FOCA – FOCA is a tool used mainly to find metadata and hidden information in the documents


  • Sonicvisualizer
  • Steghide – is a steganography program that hides data in various kinds of image and audio files
  • Wavsteg – is a steganography program that hides data in various kinds of image and audio files
  • Zsteg – A steganographic coder for WAV files

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