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Cain & Abel Alternatives for Linux

Cain & Abel is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Wireshark, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Cain & Abel and 16 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Cain & Abel are Aircrack-ng, John the Ripper, Ettercap and hashcat.

Cain & Abel alternatives are mainly Network Analyzers but may also be Network Monitors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Cain & Abel.
This page was last updated Jan 16, 2020
  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows

Discontinued password recovery utility for Windows meant for ethical use.

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  1. Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.

    Most users think Wireshark is a great alternative to Cain & Abel.
  2. Aircrack-ng

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Fern Wifi Cracker

    Aircrack-ng is an 802.11 WEP and WPA-PSK keys cracking program that can recover keys once enough data packets have been captured.

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    Most users think Aircrack-ng is a great alternative to Cain & Abel.

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  3. John the Ripper

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Haiku

    John the Ripper is a fast password cracker, currently available for many flavors of Unix, Windows, DOS, BeOS, and OpenVMS. Its primary purpose is to detect weak Unix passwords.

    Most users think John the Ripper is a great alternative to Cain & Abel.
  4. Ettercap

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Ettercap is a suite for man in the middle attacks on LAN. It features sniffing of live connections, content filtering on the fly and many other interesting tricks.

    Most users think Ettercap is a great alternative to Cain & Abel.
  5. hashcat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    The World's Fastest CPU/GPU powered password cracker.

  6. ophcrack

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Ophcrack is a Windows Password cracker based on Rainbow Tables.

  7. Intercepter-NG

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad

    Intercepter-NG is a multifunctional network toolkit for various types of IT specialists.

    Discontinued

    App unavailable on Play Store and website is flagged by modern browsers as potentially malicious.

    Warning

    Website blocked by modern browsers as possible trojan.

  8. Trinity Rescue Kit

    • FreeProprietary
    • Linux

    Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK is a free live Linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines, but is equally usable for Linux recovery issues. Since version 3.

  9. Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Windows stores its user information, including crypted versions of the passwords, in a file called 'sam', usually found in \windows\system32\config. This file is a part of the registry, in a binary format previously undocumented, and not easily accessible.

    Discontinued

    The last update was in 2014.

  10. reaver

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Reaver implements a brute force attack against Wifi Protected Setup (WPS) registrar PINs in order to recover WPA/WPA2 passphrases.

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