Metasploit VS CrackMapExec

Compare Metasploit vs CrackMapExec and see what are their differences.


Metasploit Framework (by rapid7)


A swiss army knife for pentesting networks (by Porchetta-Industries)
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Metasploit CrackMapExec
117 8
32,355 7,438
1.2% -
9.9 8.7
6 days ago 8 months ago
Ruby Python
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later BSD 2-clause "Simplified" License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Metasploit. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2024-02-01.
  • Best Hacking Tools for Beginners 2024
    5 projects | | 1 Feb 2024
  • Metasploit explained for pentesters
    4 projects | | 1 Dec 2023
    msf6 > use auxiliary/scanner/smb/smb_ms17_010 msf6 auxiliary(scanner/smb/smb_ms17_010) > options Module options (auxiliary/scanner/smb/smb_ms17_010): Name Current Setting Required Description ---- --------------- -------- ----------- CHECK_ARCH true no Check for architecture on vulnerable hosts CHECK_DOPU true no Check for DOUBLEPULSAR on vulnerable hosts CHECK_PIPE false no Check for named pipe on vulnerable hosts NAMED_PIPES /usr/share/metasploit-framework/data/wordl yes List of named pipes to check ists/named_pipes.txt RHOSTS yes The target host(s), see sing-Metasploit RPORT 445 yes The SMB service port (TCP) SMBDomain . no The Windows domain to use for authentication SMBPass no The password for the specified username SMBUser no The username to authenticate as THREADS 1 yes The number of concurrent threads (max one per host)
    4 projects | | 1 Dec 2023
  • Effective Adversary Emulation
    3 projects | | 27 Nov 2023
  • Hacking from anywhere
    3 projects | /r/Hacking_Tutorials | 11 Oct 2023
    1-) Learn Hacking on a debian based distro like Kali Linux - I personally started with tools like nikto, camhacker... and then moved to more complex frameworks like metasploit.
  • Hackers Tools: Must-Have Tools for Every Ethical Hacker
    2 projects | | 29 May 2023
    Metasploit Framework (mentioned earlier)
  • I watched a video of Mr. Robot programming a script. As I watch the script, the syntax is reminiscent of the Ruby language, and it really is.
    2 projects | /r/ruby | 24 May 2023
    It's using the metasploit framework
  • The 36 tools that SaaS can use to keep their product and data safe from criminal hackers (manual research)
    18 projects | /r/SaaS | 22 May 2023
  • Why are there so many Rails related posts here?
    6 projects | /r/ruby | 7 May 2023
    This is something that kind of annoys me; there's even a /r/rails sub-reddit specifically for Ruby on Rails stuff. Understandably Rails helped put Ruby on the map. Before Rails, Ruby was just another fringe language. Rails became massively popular, helped many startups quickly build their Web 2.0 sites, and become successful companies (ex: GitHub, LinkedIn, AirBnB, etc). Like others have said, "Rails is where the money is at". However, this posses a problem for the Ruby community: whenever Rails becomes less popular, so does Ruby. I wish the Ruby ecosystem wasn't so heavily centralized around Rails, and that we diversified our uses of Ruby a bit. There's of course Sinatra, dry-rb, Hanami, Dragon Ruby, SciRuby, and a dozen security tools written in Ruby such as Metasploit, BeFF, Arachni, and Ronin.
  • Pentesting Tools I Use Everyday
    8 projects | | 7 Feb 2023
    Learn more about Metasploit here:


Posts with mentions or reviews of CrackMapExec. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-11-29.
  • Attacking Local Account Passwords
    2 projects | /r/Netwrix | 29 Nov 2022
    Let’s walk through a typical attack against the Administrator account using a popular tool, CrackMapExec.
  • Active Directory in CTFs
    4 projects | | 18 Aug 2022
    Attackers like to use crackmapexec to exploit Windows networks and machines. It can achieve various goals like enumerating users, cracking SMB shares, and injecting shellcode into memory.
  • TOOL: ntlmrelayx2proxychains
    4 projects | /r/cybersecurity | 16 Mar 2022
    ntlmrelayx2proxychains aims to connect the tool of the SecureAuthCorps' impacket suite, (hereafter referred to as "ntlmrelayx"), along with @byt3bl33d3r's tool, CrackMapExec (hereafter referred to as "CME"), over proxychains, developped by haad.
  • Awesome Penetration Testing
    124 projects | | 6 Oct 2021
    CrackMapExec - Swiss army knife for pentesting networks.
  • Mapping AD
    2 projects | /r/activedirectory | 31 Mar 2021
    Regarding network shares, I personally tend to use crackmapexec with a list of systems. It won't list the ACLs but it is very good at finding out what a standard domain user could access (if this is what you are after)

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Metasploit and CrackMapExec you can also consider the following projects:

BeEF - The Browser Exploitation Framework Project

impacket - Impacket is a collection of Python classes for working with network protocols.

proxychains - proxychains - a tool that forces any TCP connection made by any given application to follow through proxy like TOR or any other SOCKS4, SOCKS5 or HTTP(S) proxy. Supported auth-types: "user/pass" for SOCKS4/5, "basic" for HTTP.

Covenant - Covenant is a collaborative .NET C2 framework for red teamers.

routersploit - Exploitation Framework for Embedded Devices [Moved to:]

SQLMap - Automatic SQL injection and database takeover tool

bettercap - The Swiss Army knife for 802.11, BLE, IPv4 and IPv6 networks reconnaissance and MITM attacks.

Brakeman - A static analysis security vulnerability scanner for Ruby on Rails applications

Rack::Attack - Rack middleware for blocking & throttling

thc-hydra - hydra

pwntools - CTF framework and exploit development library

BloodHound - Six Degrees of Domain Admin