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Nmap (Network Mapper) is a free and open-source network scanner created by Gordon Lyon (also known by his pseudonym Fyodor Vaskovich). Nmap is used to discover hosts and services on a computer network by sending packets and analyzing the responses.

Nmap provides a number of features for probing computer networks, including host discovery and service and operating system detection. These features are extensible by scripts that provide more advanced service detection, vulnerability detection, and other features. Nmap can adapt to network conditions including latency and congestion during a scan.

Nmap started as a Linux utility and was ported to other systems including Windows, macOS, and BSD. Linux is the most popular platform, followed by Windows.


Scan a single port

   nmap -p 22

Scan a range of ports

   nmap -p 1-100

Scan 100 most common ports (Fast)

   nmap -F

Scan all 65535 ports

   nmap -p-

Scan a port for all ciphers used

   nmap --script ssl-enum-ciphers domain.com -p 443

Scan for all devices on network

   nmap -sn