How To Install SpiderFoot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install SpiderFoot on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install SpiderFoot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Spiderfoot is a free source testing tool to analyze any vulnerabilities/malicious functions on the server to reduce the attacks. It is written in Python and uses SQLite as a database backend. It provides a web-based interface to perform penetration testing for more than one target simultaneously through a web browser.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the SpiderFoot on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install SpiderFoot on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Python.

SpiderFoot is written in Python and required to be installed on your system:

sudo apt install python3 python3-pip

Step 3. Installing SpiderFoot on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now we download the latest version of Spiderfoot from the Git repository:


Next, extract the downloaded archive:

tar -xvzf v3.3.tar.gz
cd spiderfoot-3.3
pip3 install -r requirements.txt

Once installed, you can list all options available with SpiderFoot using the following command:

python3 --help

You should get the following output:

usage: [-h] [-d] [-l IP:port] [-m mod1,mod2,...] [-M] [-s TARGET] [-t type1,type2,...] [-T] [-o tab|csv|json] [-H] [-n] [-r]
             [-S LENGTH] [-D DELIMITER] [-f] [-F type1,type2,...] [-x] [-q]

SpiderFoot 3.3: Open Source Intelligence Automation.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help          show this help message and exit
  -d, --debug         Enable debug output.
  -l IP:port          IP and port to listen on.
  -m mod1,mod2,...    Modules to enable.
  -M, --modules       List available modules.
  -s TARGET           Target for the scan.
  -t type1,type2,...  Event types to collect (modules selected automatically).
  -T, --types         List available event types.
  -o tab|csv|json     Output format. Tab is default. If using json, -q is enforced.
  -H                  Don't print field headers, just data.
  -n                  Strip newlines from data.
  -r                  Include the source data field in tab/csv output.
  -S LENGTH           Maximum data length to display. By default, all data is shown.
  -D DELIMITER        Delimiter to use for CSV output. Default is ,.
  -f                  Filter out other event types that weren't requested with -t.
  -F type1,type2,...  Show only a set of event types, comma-separated.
  -x                  STRICT MODE. Will only enable modules that can directly consume your target, and if -t was specified only those events
                      will be consumed by modules. This overrides -t and -m options.
  -q                  Disable logging. This will also hide errors!

SpiderFoot also has a web interface. Run the commands initial the web UI:

python3 -l localhost:5001

The above command enables SpiderFoot to be accessible from the browser. Open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address followed by port 5001.

Install SpiderFoot on Ubuntu 20.04

By default, SpiderFoot can be accessed without any authentication. So it is recommended to enable basic authentication. Run the commands below to add your username and password to the password file:

echo "admin:Your-Strong-Password" > passwd

Congratulations! You have successfully installed SpiderFoot. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing SpiderFoot on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official SpiderFoot website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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