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Web path scanner

repo name maurosoria/dirsearch
repo link https://github.com/maurosoria/dirsearch
language Python
size (curr.) 18204 kB
stars (curr.) 3516
created 2013-04-30


Current Release: v0.3.9 (2019.11.26)


dirsearch is a simple command line tool designed to brute force directories and files in websites.

Installation & Usage

git clone https://github.com/maurosoria/dirsearch.git
cd dirsearch
python3 dirsearch.py -u <URL> -e <EXTENSION>

you can also use this alias to send directly to proxy python3 /path/to/dirsearch/dirsearch.py --http-proxy=localhost:8080


  -h, --help            show this help message and exit

    -u URL, --url=URL   URL target
    -L URLLIST, --url-list=URLLIST
                        URL list target
    -e EXTENSIONS, --extensions=EXTENSIONS
                        Extension list separated by comma (Example: php,asp)
    -E, --extensions-list
                        Use predefined list of common extensions

  Dictionary Settings:
    -w WORDLIST, --wordlist=WORDLIST
    -l, --lowercase
    -f, --force-extensions
                        Force extensions for every wordlist entry (like in

  General Settings:
    -s DELAY, --delay=DELAY
                        Delay between requests (float number)
    -r, --recursive     Bruteforce recursively
                        Max recursion level (subdirs) (Default: 1 [only
                        rootdir + 1 dir])
    --suppress-empty, --suppress-empty
    --scan-subdir=SCANSUBDIRS, --scan-subdirs=SCANSUBDIRS
                        Scan subdirectories of the given -u|--url (separated
                        by comma)
    --exclude-subdir=EXCLUDESUBDIRS, --exclude-subdirs=EXCLUDESUBDIRS
                        Exclude the following subdirectories during recursive
                        scan (separated by comma)
                        Number of Threads
                        Exclude status code, separated by comma (example: 301,
                        Exclude responses by texts, separated by comma
                        (example: "Not found", "Error")
                        Exclude responses by regexps, separated by comma
                        (example: "Not foun[a-z]{1}", "^Error$")
    -c COOKIE, --cookie=COOKIE
    --ua=USERAGENT, --user-agent=USERAGENT
    -F, --follow-redirects
    -H HEADERS, --header=HEADERS
                        Headers to add (example: --header "Referer:
                        example.com" --header "User-Agent: IE"
    --random-agents, --random-user-agents

  Connection Settings:
    --timeout=TIMEOUT   Connection timeout
    --ip=IP             Resolve name to IP address
    --proxy=HTTPPROXY, --http-proxy=HTTPPROXY
                        Http Proxy (example: localhost:8080
                        Method to use, default: GET, possible also: HEAD;POST
    -b, --request-by-hostname
                        By default dirsearch will request by IP for speed.
                        This forces requests by hostname

                        Only found paths
                        Found paths with status codes

Operating Systems supported

  • Windows XP/7/8/10
  • GNU/Linux
  • MacOSX


  • Multithreaded
  • Keep alive connections
  • Support for multiple extensions (-e|–extensions asp,php)
  • Reporting (plain text, JSON)
  • Heuristically detects invalid web pages
  • Recursive brute forcing
  • HTTP proxy support
  • User agent randomization
  • Batch processing
  • Request delaying

About wordlists

Dictionaries must be text files. Each line will be processed as such, except that the special word %EXT% is used, which will generate one entry for each extension (-e | –extension) passed as an argument.


  • example/
  • example.%EXT%

Passing the extensions “asp” and “aspx” will generate the following dictionary:

  • example/
  • example.asp
  • example.aspx

You can also use -f | –force-extensions switch to append extensions to every word in the wordlists (like DirBuster).

Support Docker

Install Docker Linux

Install Docker

curl -fsSL https://get.docker.com | bash

To use docker you need superuser power

Build Image dirsearch

To create image

docker build -t "dirsearch:v0.3.8" .

dirsearch this is name the image and v0.3.8 is version

Using dirsearch

For using

docker run -it --rm "dirsearch:v0.3.8" -u target -e php,html,png,js,jpg

target is the site or IP


Copyright (C) Mauro Soria (maurosoria at gmail dot com)

License: GNU General Public License, version 2


Special thanks for these people.

  • mzfr
  • Damian89
  • Bo0oM
  • liamosaur
  • redshark1802
  • FireFart
  • k2l8m11n2
  • vlohacks
  • r0p0s3c
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