27 C
Senior Writer and partner

How to install SpiderFoot on Debian 10?

Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to install SpiderFoot on Debian 10.

According to the project website:

SpiderFoot is an open source intelligence (OSINT) automation tool. It integrates with just about every data source available and utilises a range of methods for data analysis, making that data easy to navigate.

SpiderFoot has an embedded web-server for providing a clean and intuitive web-based interface but can also be used completely via the command line. It’s written in Python 3 and GPL-licensed.

So it is an interesting tool if we have servers with various services on the network.

Install Spiderfoot on Debian 10

- Advertisement -

The installation process is quite simple and we will do it from a terminal environment.

First, update the system completely

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

After that, you have to install some packages needed to run SpiderFoot

sudo apt install python3 python3-pip python3-setuptools
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
python3 is already the newest version (3.7.3-1).
python3 set to manually installed.
The following additional packages will be installed:
  python-pip-whl python3-distutils python3-lib2to3
Recommended packages:
  build-essential python3-dev python3-setuptools python3-wheel
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  python-pip-whl python3-distutils python3-lib2to3 python3-pip
0 upgraded, 4 newly installed, 0 to remove and 28 not upgraded.
Need to get 1,980 kB of archives.
After this operation, 3,772 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]

Then, you need to upgrade PIP so that it can work properly

pip3 install --upgrade pip

Now we can download the SpiderFoot package with the help of the wget command.

wget https://github.com/smicallef/spiderfoot/archive/v3.3.tar.gz
--2021-04-01 00:02:11--  https://github.com/smicallef/spiderfoot/archive/v3.3.tar.gz
Resolving github.com (github.com)...
Connecting to github.com (github.com)||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Found
Location: https://codeload.github.com/smicallef/spiderfoot/tar.gz/v3.3 [following]
--2021-04-01 00:02:11--  https://codeload.github.com/smicallef/spiderfoot/tar.gz/v3.3
Resolving codeload.github.com (codeload.github.com)...
Connecting to codeload.github.com (codeload.github.com)||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: unspecified [application/x-gzip]
Saving to: ‘v3.3.tar.gz’

v3.3.tar.gz                                    [    <=>                                                                               ]   3.17M  3.80MB/s    in 0.8s    

2021-04-01 00:02:13 (3.80 MB/s) - ‘v3.3.tar.gz’ saved [3324791]

Note: At the time of writing this post, the latest stable version is 3.3.

Decompress the archive with the tar command

tar -xvzf v3.3.tar.gz

Access the folder that has been generated:

cd spiderfoot-3.3

And with PIP, install with the following command:

pip3 install -r requirements.txt

After the process is completed, you can start the web interface with the following command:

python3 sf.py -l localhost:5001

To end the execution you can press CTRL + C keys.

Now, if SpiderFoot has been installed on a server, you can alter the command so that it can be accessed by any host

python3 sf.py -l
2021-04-01 00:06:35,119 [INFO] Starting web server at ...
2021-04-01 00:06:35,142 [WARNING] 
Warning: passwd file contains no passwords. Authentication disabled.
Please consider adding authentication to protect this instance!
Refer to https://www.spiderfoot.net/documentation/#security.

 Use SpiderFoot by starting your web browser of choice and 
 browse to http://<IP of this host>:5001/

2021-04-01 00:06:35,185 [INFO] [01/Apr/2021:00:06:35] ENGINE Listening for SIGTERM.
2021-04-01 00:06:35,186 [INFO] [01/Apr/2021:00:06:35] ENGINE Listening for SIGHUP.
2021-04-01 00:06:35,186 [INFO] [01/Apr/2021:00:06:35] ENGINE Listening for SIGUSR1.
2021-04-01 00:06:35,186 [INFO] [01/Apr/2021:00:06:35] ENGINE Bus STARTING
2021-04-01 00:06:35,289 [INFO] [01/Apr/2021:00:06:35] ENGINE Serving on
2021-04-01 00:06:35,290 [INFO] [01/Apr/2021:00:06:35] ENGINE Bus STARTED

Now all you have to do is open a web browser and visit http://your-server:5001 and you will see the main screen.

1.- SpiderFoot on Debian 10
1.- SpiderFoot on Debian 10

So, you can use it

2.- SpiderFoot running
2.- SpiderFoot running


SpiderFoot is a professional application that allows us to scan our server. For how advanced it is, its use is quite simple and the installation is within the reach of anyone.

- Advertisement -
Everything Linux, A.I, IT News, DataOps, Open Source and more delivered right to you.
"The best Linux newsletter on the web"


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest article