Ethical Hackers uses a lot of automated tools these days, which have made their task easier as compared to the early days. With the increasing number of Ethical Hackers, we find a lot of tools that make the work easier.  Having 100 tools in the marketplace, it becomes really hard to choose the right one. Having several Ethical hacking tools, here we have come up with the list of top 10 tools used by Ethical Hackers.


Top 10 Tools used by Ethical Hackers

1.    NMap (Network Mapper)

It is a security mapper capable of discovering services and hosts on a prescribed network. Being an open source and a network map tool it is extensively used by Ethical Hackers. Using this tool you can make network discovery and security auditing easy. The current version Nmap 7.70 is available.  This new version included new OS and service fingerprints and also  9 new NSE scripts.

2.    Angry IP Scanner

It is one of the most used & famous tools which scan IP addresses and ports. This tool is available for all the platforms and used anywhere. Consisting of features where you can resolve the hostname, determines the MAC address, scans ports and many more. The best part of this tool is that it’s available for  Windows, Mac, and Linux. One of the cool features about this tool is NetBIOS, that allows you to give information like computer name, workgroup name, and currently logged in Windows user.

3.    Ettercap

Ettercap stands for Ethernet Capture and is one of the most useful tools owing to its functionality. It has got several features for network and host analysis, active and passive dissection of many protocols, among others. It is compatible with Linux, Mac OS X, Windows.

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4.    Burp Suite

Ethical hackers usually use this tool for testing the security of web applications. It provides a comprehensive solution in terms of security testing by providing features such as initial mapping to the analysis of the application’s attack surface.

5.    Nessus

Being free to use, Nessus is one of the most used tools by the Ethical hacker to Prevent network attacks. Used by top industries to secure their data Nessus has now become the most used tool among ethical hackers. With the help of this tool, you can identify software flaws, missing patches, malware attacks, configuration issues.

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6.    Qualys

Qualys has helped a lot of business organization in streamlining their IT Security issues. The tool is one of the most trusted in scanning the online cloud systems. With the help of Qualys, you can easily analyze your data real-time and an easy to understand interface. Qualys also helps you to different solutions like Infrastructure Security, Cloud Infrastructure security, Endpoint Security, DevSecOps, Compliance, and Web App Security.

7.    GFI LanGuard

It is regarded as a virtual security consultant and is considered a reliable scanner for a vulnerability scanner. There are several features which make it a good choice among the ethical hacking community, such as, ability to know which changes are affecting the network, affordable cost, among others.

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8.    Nikto

For finding outdated software, dangerous CGIs, etc, Nikto is the first preference of ethical hackers. It is an open source tool which identifies insecure programs, files, checks web servers and does several other tasks to keep security intact.

9.    OpenVAS

OpenVAS detects remote vulnerabilities in any hosts and has gained immense popularity among the DevOps and infosec professionals. It comes with a wide range of features such as scheduled scans, powerful CLI availability, a powerful interface which is web-based, among others.


One of the few tools which are written in Python, SQLMap is trusted by security experts for hardening the security of apps and servers. The main features of SQLMap include automatic code injection, multiple database support, dump table information, among others.

The above are the top 10 tools used by the ethical hacker. If you have something to add, please let us know in the comment below.