Kismet is a wireless network and device detector, sniffer, wardriving tool, and WIDS (wireless intrusion detection) framework.

Kismet works with Wi-Fi interfaces, Bluetooth interfaces, some SDR (software defined radio) hardware like the RTLSDR, and other specialized capture hardware.

Kismet works on Linux, OSX, and, to a degree, Windows 10 under the WSL framework. On Linux it works with most Wi-Fi cards, Bluetooth interfaces, and other hardware devices. On OSX it works with the built-in Wi-Fi interfaces, and on Windows 10 it will work with remote captures.

Kismet 2022-08-R1 released!

Kismet 2022-08-R1 is now up! Some bug fixes, some new features, and a huge amount of work on speed and effeciency!

Check it out on the Kismet downloads page and read more about the release

Help support Kismet

Always Open Source

There are several ways you can help support Kismet development financially if you’d like to; support is always appreciated but never required. Kismet is, and always will be, open source.


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Kismet can be sponsored via the GithHub Sponsorship program, and for the first year, GitHub matches donations made by sponsors!



Kismet has a Patreon page at

Become a Patron


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IRC and Discord

If you’d like to chat with the Kismet community, you can find us:

  • On Discord, at the Discord Kismet server
  • On IRC, at the #kismet channel on, however you’re much more likely to find activity on the Discord server; if you’re against installing clients, remember - Discord works from the web, too!

Hardware and Cases

If you’d like to help out supporting Kismet dev and have a Raspberry Pi 0w, Ubertooth One, or Yardstick One that needs some Kismet love (or just protection from getting smashed in your bag), you can get acrylic cut cases at the Kismet Tindie Store.

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Shirts and swag

Need some geeky shirts to show your wireless love? We’ve got some at the Kismet Teespring store.

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Kismet is under near-continual development. If you’re interested in the latest cutting-edge code, check out the Kismet Git repository, either at:

$ git clone

or to checkout from the Github mirror:

$ git clone

You can follow the development on Kismet and related projects via the Developer Posts and on Twitter via @KismetWireless

Kismet plugins

With the new Kismet codebase (Kismet-2018-Beta1 and newer), Kismet supports plugins which extend the WebUI functionality via Javascript and browser-side enhancements, as well as the more traditional Kismet plugin architecture of C++ plugins which can extend the server functionality at a low level. Kismet also supports external ‘helper tools’ which can extend server functionality via scripting tools such as Python.

IoD - Screwdriver

More and more devices are getting “smart” functionality, including “personal” devices. Screwdriver from IoD highlights devices advertising more than you might prefer.

Get the IoD screwdriver plugin here

Optimized mobile interface

A re-spin of the Kismet web UI by ElKentaro optimized for mobile devices like phones and tablets, which makes seeing information from Kismet at a glance much simpler.

The mobile dashboard is on Github here

Kismet report generator

A report generator for grouping devices by BSSID or SSID, with an export to PDF and CSV.

You can find Soliforte’s report generator here

Working on a plugin?

If you’re working on a Kismet plugin you’d like to share, let us know on IRC, the Kismet Discord server or @KismetWireless on Twitter.