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Installing Aircrack-ng from Source
Legacy information can be found here.
Airmon-ng requires ethtool and rfkill
LibNetlink 1 (libnl-dev) or 3 (libnl-3-dev and libnl-genl-3-dev) development packages. It can be disabled by passing –disable-libnl to configure.
Kernel headers and gcc as well as make have to be installed on your system (build-essential on Debian based distributions)
make and Standard C++ Library development package (Debian: libstdc++-dev)
Install the following via Homebrew (brew):
FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Solaris
Install the following via pkg:
If you want SSID filtering with regular expression in airodump-ng (-essid-regex) pcre development package is required.
If you want to use airolib-ng and '-r' option in aircrack-ng, SQLite development package >= 3.3.17 (3.6.X version or better is recommended)
If you want to use Airpcap, the 'developer' directory from the CD is required. It can be downloaded here
For best performance on FreeBSD (50-70% more), install gcc5 via: pkg install gcc5 Then compile with: gmake CC=gcc5 CXX=g++5
hwloc: strongly recommended, especially on high core count systems where it may give a serious performance boost
Compiling and installing
tar -zxvf aircrack-ng-1.5.2.tar.gz
Compiling with AirPcap support (cygwin only)
Copy 'developer' directory from the AirPcap
CD at the same level as 'Aircrack-ng' directory
Append '- -with-airpcap=../developer' parameter to configure:
Compiling on *BSD
Commands are exactly the same as Linux but instead of make, use gmake (with CC=gcc5 CXX=g++5 or any more recent gcc version installed).
Compiling on OS X
Commands are exactly the same as Linux
Latest Git (development) Sources
Note: Compilation parameters can also be used with the sources from our git repository.
git clone https://github.com/aircrack-ng/aircrack-ng
When configuring, the following flags can be used and combined to adjust the suite to your choosing:
: needed for supporting airpcap devices on windows (cygwin or msys2 only) Replace DIR above with the absolute location to the root of the extracted source code from the Airpcap CD or downloaded SDK available online. Required on Windows to build besside-ng, besside-ng-crawler, easside-ng, tkiptun-ng and wesside-ng when building experimental tools. The developer pack (Compatible with version 4.1.1 and 4.1.3) can be downloaded at https://support.riverbed.com/content/support/software/steelcentral-npm/airpcap.html
with-experimental: needed to compile tkiptun-ng, easside-ng, buddy-ng, buddy-ng-crawler, airventriloquist and wesside-ng. libpcap development package is also required to compile most of the tools. If not present, not all experimental tools will be built. On Cygwin, libpcap is not present and the Airpcap SDK replaces it. See –with-airpcap option above. On debian based distro, install libpcap-dev
: Set this flag to true to compile on OS
X with Xcode 7+.
with-static-simd=: Compile a single optimization in aircrack-ng binary. Useful when compiling statically and/or for space-constrained devices. Valid SIMD options: x86-sse2, x86-avx, x86-avx2, x86-avx512, ppc-altivec, ppc-power8, arm-neon, arm-asimd. Must be used with –enable-static –disable-shared. When using those 2 options, the default is to compile the generic optimization in the binary. –with-static-simd merely allows to choose another one.
"command not found" error message
After you do “make install” then try to use any of the Aircrack-ng suite commands, you get the error message “command not found” or similar. Your system will look for the Aircrack-ng commands in the directories defined by the PATH command.
Normally, the Aircrack-ng suite programs and man pages are placed in:
On your system, to determine which directories have the Aircrack-ng programs enter the following. If using “locate” be sure to first run “updatedb”.
find / -name aircrack-ng
find / -name airmon-ng
Once you know the directories (exclude the source directories) then determine which directories are in your PATH. To see which directories are included in PATH on your particular system enter:
It should show something like:
At this point compare the actual locations with the directories in your PATH. If the directories are missing from your PATH then you have a few options:
Installing pre-compiled binaries
With the exception of Linux penetration testing distributions, packages are usually out of date (OS X is the exception). In this case, uninstalling the package and installing from sources is the recommended way to go.
We offer packages for a number of Linux distributions in 64 bit thanks to PackageCloud.io so you can use your distro's package manager to install and keep Aircrack-ng up to date:
While most folks want to use our “release” packages, “git” packages are available too for those who decide to use bleeding edge.
More details about them can be found in our blog post.
On OSX, install it is via Macports or brew. Simply do “brew install aircrack-ng” or “sudo ports install aircrack-ng”
The Windows version of the Aircrack-ng suite does not have an install program. You must manually install (unzipping archive) the software.
Here are the steps to follow for Windows:
Download the latest version of the Aircrack-ng suite for Windows to your computer. The link for the zip file can be found on the Wiki home page
Prior to using the software, make sure to install the drivers for your particular wireless card. See this link for the instructions. We currently only support Airpcap; other adapters may be supported but require development of your own DLL so the different tools can interact with it.
To now use the Aircrack-ng suite, start Windows Explorer and double click on Aircrack-ng GUI.exe inside “bin” subdirectory. The GUI requires .NET version 4.6.1 to run.
Alternatively, open a command prompt (Start menu → Execute → cmd.exe) and change to the “C:\aircrack-ng-1.5.2-win\bin” directory and execute the individual commands.