Kismet Wireless


Help Support Kismet!

Kismet now has a Patreon page at if you'd like to help support continuing development. Always appreciated, never required - Kismet is open source, and will remain so!

Become a Patron

Kismet Cases!

Want to help out Kismet dev? Do you have a Raspberry Pi 0w (or just 0) that needs some Kismet love, or an Ubertooth One or YARD Stick One radio which needs a case?

You can get Kismet and radio cases from the Kismet Tindie Store!

Kismet case top
Kismet case bottom
Ubertooth 1
YARD Stick 1

IRC and Discord

You can come talk with the Kismet community:
  • On IRC, where we're on in the #kismet channel
  • On Discord, where we have a Kismet server

What is Kismet?

Kismet is a wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. Kismet works predominately with Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11) networks, but can be expanded via plug-ins to handle other network types.

Git-Master vs Stable

A tremendous amount of new work has gone into the development version of Kismet - while it is not quite stable enough or feature complete enough to be a release yet, this is where the vast majority of new features and bug fixes can be found - the new Web based UI, REST protocol, remote capture, etc, all live in the git-master branch.

You can find directions for downloading git-master and compiing it on the downloads page and the README file has directions for compiling and staying up to date with the development code.

A full release with the new features is forthcoming for those who prefer not to compile from source!


  • 802.11 sniffing
  • Standard PCAP logging (compatible with Wireshark, TCPDump, etc)
  • Client/Server modular architecture
  • Plug-in architecture to expand core features
  • Multiple capture source support
  • Live export of packets to other tools via tun/tap virtual interfaces
  • Distributed remote sniffing via light-weight remote capture


You can follow development info on the development blog.

You can also follow KismetWireless on Twitter for development updates and wireless-related stuff.

Screenshots (Development / git-master)

The development version is available in the Git repository, and includes the new web based UI, remote packet capture, new REST-style data interface, and many other new features. Check the download page for more information on getting the development version.

Screenshots (Stable)

The stable release of Kismet is available as packages in most distributions and as individual code tarballs. The stable version will soon be deprecated in favor of the new code, once that code is feature complete.

Fluid 960 Grid System, created by Stephen Bau, based on the 960 Grid System by Nathan Smith. Released under the GPL / MIT Licenses.