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netcat is described as 'Netcat is a featured networking utility which reads and writes data across network connections, using the TCP/IP protocol. It is designed to be a reliable "back-end" tool that can be used directly or easily driven by other programs and scripts' and is a Network Monitor in the network & admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to netcat for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is Wireshark, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like netcat are Ettercap, SmartSniff, pwncat and PCAPdroid.

netcat 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 netcat.
This page was last updated Jun 27, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

Netcat is a featured networking utility which reads and writes data across network connections, using the TCP/IP protocol. ...

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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.

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    SuperS06

    Wireshark is a tool for monitoring network traffic. Netcat is a tool for generating traffic.

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  2. 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.



  3. SmartSniff

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    SmartSniff is a packet sniffer that capture TCP/IP packets and display them as sequence of conversations between clients and servers.

  4. pwncat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD

    pwncat - netcat on steroids with Firewall, IDS/IPS evasion, bind and reverse shell, self-injecting shell and port forwarding magic - and its fully scriptable with Python (PSE).

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  5. PCAPdroid

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • F-Droid

    PCAPdroid is an android app to capture the phone traffic and analyze it remotely (e.g. via Wireshark). The traffic can be easily downloaded from a remote device thanks to the integrated HTTP server, or streamed to a remote UDP receiver.



  6. socat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    socat is a relay for bidirectional data transfer between two independent data channels. Each of these data channels may be a file, pipe, device (serial line etc.

  7. PsPing

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    PsPing is a command-line utility for measuring network performance.

  8. PPerf

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    PowerShell Iperf GUI - A PowerShell script to start iperf and show the output (similar to Jperf).

  9. Packet Sender

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    Packet Sender can send and receive UDP, TCP, and SSL on the ports of your choosing. All servers and clients may run simultaneously.

  10. Packetyzer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Packetyzer provides a Windows user interface for the Ethereal packet capture and dissection library. Ethereal is used by network professionals around the world for troubleshooting, analysis, software and protocol development, and education.

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