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netcat Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to netcat for Windows and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best Windows 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 11 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to netcat are Ettercap, SmartSniff, pwncat and PsPing.

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

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    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.

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    SmartSniff

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

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

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    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. PsPing

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

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

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  6. PPerf

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

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

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    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.

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    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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  9. 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.

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    TcpLogView

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    TcpLogView is a simple utility that monitors the opened TCP connections on your system, and adds a new log line every time that a TCP connection is opened or closed.

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