Make sure you have the following software ready before starting the installation:
- Git client:
sudo apt-get install git
- Python 2.7, which is installed by default in most systems
- Pip version 1.1:
sudo apt-get install python-pip
git clone https://github.com/andresriancho/w3af.git cd w3af/ ./w3af_console . /tmp/w3af_dependency_install.sh
Let me explain what’s going on there:
- First we use
w3af‘s source code
- Then we try to run the
w3af_consolecommand, which will most likely fail because of missing dependencies. This command will generate a helper script at
/tmp/w3af_dependency_install.shthat when run will install all the required dependencies.
- Dependencies are installed by running
The framework dependencies don’t change too often, but don’t be alarmed if after
updating your installation
w3af requires you to install new dependencies.
The framework should work on all Python supported platforms and has been tested in various Linux distributions, Mac OSX, FreeBSD and OpenBSD.
The platform used for development is Ubuntu 14.04 and running our continuous integration tests is Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
While in theory you can install w3af in Microsoft Windows, we don’t recommend nor support that installation process.
One of the ugly details users can find is that
w3af needs to detect the
Operating System / Linux distribution, and then have support for creating the
/tmp/w3af_dependency_install.sh for that specific combination. In other words,
for Ubuntu we use
apt-get install and for Suse we use
The list of distributions
w3af knows how to generate the installation script
for is extensive .
If we don’t support your distribution, we’ll default to Ubuntu.
Installation in Kali¶
The easiest way to install
w3af in Kali is:
apt-get update apt-get install -y w3af
This will install the latest packaged version, which might not be the latest available from our repositories. If the latest version is needed these steps are recommended:
cd ~ apt-get update apt-get install -y python-pip w3af pip install --upgrade pip git clone https://github.com/andresriancho/w3af.git cd w3af ./w3af_console . /tmp/w3af_dependency_install.sh
This will install the latest
~/w3af/w3af_console and leave the
packaged version un-touched.
- There are two versions in your OS now:
cd ~/w3af/ ; ./w3af_consolewill run the latest version
w3af_consolewill run the one packaged in Kali
Installing using Docker¶
Once the docker installation is running these steps will yield a running
$ git clone https://github.com/andresriancho/w3af.git $ cd w3af/extras/docker/scripts/ $ sudo ./w3af_console_docker w3af>>>
- For advanced usage of
w3af‘s docker container please read the documentation
- at the registry hub
Installation in Mac OSX¶
In order to start the process, you need XCode and MacPorts installed.
sudo xcode-select --install sudo port selfupdate sudo port upgrade outdated sudo port install python27 sudo port select python python27 ./w3af_console . /tmp/w3af_dependency_install.sh
Those commands should allow you to run
./w3af_console again without any issues,
in order to run the GUI a new dependency set is required:
./w3af_gui . /tmp/w3af_dependency_install.sh
After running the helper script w3af still says I have missing python dependencies, what should I do?¶
You will recognize this when this message appears: “Your python installation needs the following modules to run w3af”.
First you’ll want to check that all the dependencies are installed. To do that just follow these steps:
$ cd w3af $ ./w3af_console ... Your python installation needs the following modules to run w3af: futures ... $ pip freeze | grep futures futures==2.1.5 $
futures with the library that is missing in your system. If the
pip freeze | grep futures command returns an empty result, you’ll need to
install the dependency using the
Pay special attention to the output of that command, if installation fails
you won’t be able to run
It is important to notice that
w3af requires specific versions of the
third-party libraries. The specific versions required at
need to match the ones you see in the output of
pip freeze. If the versions
don’t match you can always install a specific version using
pip install --upgrade futures==2.1.5.
w3af still says I have missing operating system dependencies, what should I do?¶
You will recognize this when this message appears: “please install the following operating system packages”.
Most likely you’re using a Linux distribution that
w3af doesn’t know how to
detect. This doesn’t mean that w3af won’t work with your distribution! It just
means that our helper tool doesn’t know how to create the
/tmp/w3af_dependency_install.sh script for you.
What you need to do is:
- Find a match between the Ubuntu package name given in the list and the one
for your distribution * Install it * Run
./w3af_consoleagain. Repeat until fixed
Please create a ticket
explaining the packages you installed, your distribution, etc. and we’ll add
the code necessary for others to be able to install
w3af without going
through any manual steps.
How do I ask for support on installation issues?¶
You can create a ticket containing the following information:
- Your linux distribution (usually the contents of
/etc/lsb-releasewill be enough)
- The contents of the
- The output of
- The output of