kismet man page

kismet — Wireless sniffing and monitoring


kismet [server-options] [--] [client-options]

kismet_server [-nqs] [-t title] [-f config-file] [-c capture-source] [-C enable-capture-sources] [-l log-types] [-d dump-type] [-m max-packets-per-file] [-g gpshost:port] [-p listen-port] [-a allowed-hosts] [-N server-name]

kismet_client [-qr] [-f config-file] [-s serverhost:port] [-g gui-type] [-c display-columns]


Kismet is an 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. Kismet will work with any wireless card which supports raw monitoring (rfmon) mode, and can sniff 802.11b, 802.11a, and 802.11g traffic. Kismet identifies networks by passively collecting packets and detecting standard named networks, detecting (and given time, decloaking) hidden networks, and inferring the presence of nonbeaconing networks via data traffic.


kismet supports logging to the wtapfile packet format (readable by tcpdump and ethereal) and saves detected network informat as plaintext, CSV, and XML. kismet is capable of using any GPS supported by gpsd and logs and plots network data.

kismet is divided into three basic programs, kismet_server kismet_client and gpsmap


kismet handles automatically starting kismet_server and kismet_client.


kismet is installed as suid-root by default. It will drop privs to the user specified in kismet.conf immediately after binding and configuring the capture source.


kismet_server captures, dissects, and logs packets and GPS data. It is capable of running in `headless' mode with no display. Multiple clients (on multiple computers) can be connected to a single server.


Set the initial channel for a channel source (source:channel)


Forcibly enable the channel hopper


Forcibly disable the channel hopper


Set the title used for the %t field of the logfile template (Default: Kismet)


Disable all logging


Use an alternate config file


Override capture source lines (type,interface,name). Refer to kismet.conf(5) for more information. Multiple capture source options can be specified for multiple sources. All sources provided here are automatically enabled unless an enable list is also supplied.


Comma-separated list to override what capture sources are enabled.


Override logging types, comma separated (dump, cisco, weak, csv, xml, gps)


Override maximum packets logged per file


Override sound option and run in quiet mode


Override GPS host:port


Override port to listen on for clients


Override list of client IPs or network/mask blocks (comma separated) allowed to connect


Run in silent mode (no console status information)


Override server name for this instance of Kismet


Print version




kismet_client is a ncurses and panels interface which connects to the server and displays detected networks, statistics, network details, etc.


Use an alternate config file


Use an alternate UI config file


Override sound option and run in quiet mode


Override server host:port


Attempt to automatically restablish the connection if the server terminates


Override UI type (curses, panel)


Override list of columns to display (comma seperated)


Print version




gpsmap reads GPS and Network XML datafiles and plots networks on downloaded maps or user-supplied images (such as satellite photos).

See Also

kismet_drone(1), gpsmap(1), kismet.conf(5), kismet_ui.conf(5), kismet_drone.conf(5)

Referenced By

kismet.conf(5), kismet_drone(1), kismet_drone.conf(5).

April 2004