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netcat Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to netcat for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. 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 netcat and eight of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to netcat are Ettercap, pwncat, socat and Packet Sender.

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. 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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  4. 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.

  5. 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.



  6. tcpflow

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    tcpflow, a TCP Flow Recorder, is a program that captures data transmitted as part of TCP connections (flows), and stores the data in a way that is convenient for protocol analysis or debugging.

  7. NetCrypt

    • FreeProprietary
    • Linux

    NetCrypt is a small Open Source command line file-transfer utility providing authentication, confidentiality and integrity validation while still maintaining top-notch performance and transfer speed between machines.

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  8. httpry

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    httpry is a tool designed for displaying and logging HTTP traffic. It is not intended to perform analysis itself, but instead to capture, parse and/or log the traffic for later analysis.

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