Dive into our detailed article on CrackMapExec, a Swiss-army knife tool for penetration testing networks. Learn all about its uses, functionalities, and importance in ensuring cyber security.


CrackMapExec (CME) is a post-exploitation tool that helps automate assessing the security of large Active Directory networks. Built with Python, it provides a versatile toolkit for network administrators to test network defenses by simulating an attacker's actions.

Key Features

  • Multiprotocol Support: CrackMapExec supports various protocols such as SMB, SSH, WinRM, and more.

  • Modular Design: Allows users to extend its capabilities using custom-written modules.

  • Credential Harvesting: Capable of harvesting credentials across networks when run with appropriate permissions.

  • Lateral Movement: Facilitates the spread of an attack across the network from a single entry point.


To install CrackMapExec on your system, you can use pip:

pip install crackmapexec

Alternatively, you can clone the Git repository and install it manually:

git clone
cd CrackMapExec
python install


After installation, you can start using CrackMapExec with the following command syntax:

crackmapexec [options] [ip/range/CIDR]

Replace [options] with the specific command-line options you want to use and [ip/range/CIDR] with the target IP address, IP range, or CIDR notation.


CrackMapExec is a powerful tool for systems administrators, red teamers, and cybersecurity professionals, offering a swift way to identify and exploit weaknesses within an AD environment.

Always ensure to use of such tools ethically and within the boundaries of the law.

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