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Naabu – A fast port scanning tool

Naabu – A fast port scanning tool

Naabu is a port scanning tool written in Go that allows you to enumerate valid ports for hosts in a fast and reliable manner. It is a really simple tool that does fast SYN/CONNECT scans on the host/list of hosts and lists all ports that return a reply.


  • Fast And Simple SYN/CONNECT probe based scanning.
  • Optimized for ease of use and lightweight on resources
  • Automatic handling of duplicate hosts between multiple subdomains
  • NMAP Integration for service discovery
  • Piped input / output support for integrating in workflows
  • Multiple Output formats supported (JSON, File, Stdout)
  • Multiple input support including HOST/IP/CIDR notation.


naabu -h

This will display help for the tool. Here are all the switches it supports. ? naabu help menu ?

Installation Instructions

Download the ready to run binary / docker or install with GO

Before installing naabu, make sure to install libpcap library with apt install -y libpcap-dev on Linux

GO111MODULE=on go get -v github.com/projectdiscovery/naabu/cmd/naabu

Running Naabu

To run the tool on a target, just use the following command.

naabu -host hackerone.com

This will run the tool against hackerone.com. There are a number of configuration options that you can pass along with this command. The verbose switch -v can be used to display verbose information.

naabu -host hackerone.com

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/_//_/\_,_/\_,_/_.__/\_,_/ v2.0.3


[WRN] Use with caution. You are responsible for your actions
[WRN] Developers assume no liability and are not responsible for any misuse or damage.
[INF] Running SYN scan with root privileges
[INF] Found 4 ports on host hackerone.com (

The ports to scan for on the host can be specified via -p parameter. It takes nmap format ports and runs enumeration on them.

naabu -p 80,443,21-23 -host hackerone.com

By default, the Naabu checks for nmap’s Top 100 ports. It supports following in-built port lists –

  • -top-ports 100 => Scans for nmap top 100 port
  • -top-ports 1000 => Scans for nmap top 1000 port
  • -p - => Scans for all ports from 1-65535.

You can also specify specific ports which you would like to exclude from the scan.

naabu -p - -exclude-ports 80,443

The o flag can be used to specify an output file.

naabu -host hackerone.com -o output.txt

To run the naabu on a list of hosts, -iL option can be used.

naabu -iL hosts.txt

You can also get output in json format using -json switch. This switch saves the output in the JSON lines format.

naabu -host hackerone.com -json


The ports discovered can be piped to other tools too. For example, you can pipe the ports discovered by naabu to naabu which will then find running http servers on the host.

echo hackerone.com | naabu -silent | naabu -silent


If you want a second layer validation of the ports found, you can instruct the tool to make a TCP connection for every port and verify if the connection succeeded. This method is very slow, but is really reliable. This is similar to using nmap as a second layer validation

naabu -host hackerone.com -verify

The speed can be controlled by changing the value of rate flag that represent the number of packets per second. Increasing it while processing hosts may lead to increased false-positive rates. So it is recommended to keep it to a reasonable amount.

Configuration file

We have added support for config file, it allows each and every flag to define in config file, so you don’t have to write them everytime, it’s optional and not used on default run, default location of config file is $HOME/.config/naabu/naabu.conf, custom config file can be provided using config flag. ? Example Config File ?

Nmap integration

We have integrated nmap support with nmap flag, in config file you can define any nmap command you wish to run on the result of naabu, make sure you have nmap installed to use this feature.

To make use of nmap flag, make sure to remove the comments from the config file at $HOME/.config/naabu/naabu.conf

We also added nmap-cli flag that let you run nmap commands directly on the results of naabu without making use of config file.

echo hackerone.com | naabu -nmap-cli 'nmap -sV -oX naabu-output'
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[WRN] Use with caution. You are responsible for your actions
[WRN] Developers assume no liability and are not responsible for any misuse or damage.
[INF] Running TCP/ICMP/SYN scan with root privileges
[INF] Found 4 ports on host hackerone.com (


[INF] Running nmap command: nmap -sV -p 80,8443,8080,443

Starting Nmap 7.01 ( https://nmap.org ) at 2020-09-23 05:02 UTC
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.0021s latency).
80/tcp   open  http          cloudflare
443/tcp  open  ssl/https     cloudflare
8080/tcp open  http-proxy    cloudflare
8443/tcp open  ssl/https-alt cloudflare

CDN Exclusion

Naabu also supports excluding CDN IPs being port scanned. If used, only 80 and 443 ports get scanned for those IPs. This feature can be enabled by using exclude-cdn flag.

Currently cloudflare, akamai, incapsula and sucuri IPs are supported for exclusions.

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