List of digital forensics tools
During the 1980s, most digital forensic investigations consisted of "live analysis", examining digital media directly using non-specialist tools. In the 1990s, several freeware and other proprietary tools (both hardware and software) were created to allow investigations to take place without modifying media. This first set of tools mainly focused on computer forensics, although in recent years similar tools have evolved for the field of mobile device forensics. This list includes notable examples of digital forensic tools.
|Autopsy||Windows, ,||GPL||4.5||A digital forensics platform and GUI to The Sleuth Kit|
|Belkasoft Evidence Center||Windows||proprietary||9.1||Digital forensics suite created by Belkasoft|
|COFEE||Windows||proprietary||n/a||A suite of tools for Windows developed by Microsoft|
|Digital Forensics Framework||Unix-like/Windows||GPL||1.3||Framework and user interfaces dedicated to Digital Forensics|
|EPRB||Windows||proprietary||1435||Set of tools for encrypted systems & data decryption and password recovery|
|EnCase||Windows||proprietary||8.6||Digital forensics suite created by Guidance Software|
|FTK||Windows||proprietary||6.0.1||Multi-purpose tool, FTK is a court-cited digital investigations platform built for speed, stability and ease of use.|
|ISEEK||Windows||proprietary||1||Hybrid-forensics tool running only in memory - designed for large networked environments|
|IsoBuster||Windows||proprietary||4.1||Essential light weight tool to inspect any type data carrier, supporting a wide range of file systems, with advanced export functionality.|
|Netherlands Forensic Institute / Xiraf||n/a||proprietary||n/a||Computer-forensic online service.|
|Open Computer Forensics Architecture||Linux||LGPL/GPL||2.3.0||Computer forensics framework for CF-Lab environment|
|OSForensics||Windows||proprietary||3.3||Multi-purpose forensic tool|
|PTK Forensics||LAMP||proprietary||2.0||GUI for The Sleuth Kit|
|SafeBack||N/a||proprietary||3.0||Digital media (evidence) acquisition and backup|
|SANS Investigative Forensics Toolkit - SIFT||Ubuntu||2.1||Multi-purpose forensic operating system|
|The Coroner's Toolkit||Unix-like||IBM Public License||1.19||A suite of programs for Unix analysis|
|The Sleuth Kit||Unix-like/Windows||IPL, CPL, GPL||4.1.2||A library of tools for both Unix and Windows|
|Windows To Go||n/a||proprietary||n/a||Bootable operating system|
|Wireshark||cross-platform||GPL||n/a||Open-source packet capture/analyzer, backend library used is [win]pcap.|
|X-Ways Forensics||Windows||proprietary||19.6||Integrated computer forensics environment created by X-Ways|
Memory forensics tools are used to acquire and/or analyze a computer's volatile memory (RAM). They are often used in incident response situations to preserve evidence in memory that would be lost when a system is shutdown, and to quickly detect stealthy malware by directly examining the operating system and other running software in memory.
|Belkasoft Evidence Center||Belkasoft||Windows||proprietary|
|Belkasoft Live RAM Capturer||Belkasoft||Windows||Free|
|Volatililty||Volatile Systems||Windows & Linux||Free (GPL)|
Mobile device forensics
Mobile forensics tools tend to consist of both a hardware and software component. Mobile phones come with a diverse range of connectors, the hardware devices support a number of different cables and perform the same role as a write blocker in computer devices.
|Belkasoft Evidence Center||Windows||proprietary||Software product which supports mobile and computer forensics|
|MicroSystemation XRY/XACT||Windows||proprietary||Hardware/Software package, specializes in deleted data|
Software forensics is the science of analyzing software source code or binary code to determine whether intellectual property infringement or theft occurred. It is the centerpiece of lawsuits, trials, and settlements when companies are in dispute over issues involving software patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. Software forensics tools can compare code to determine correlation, a measure that can be used to guide a software forensics expert.
|DECAF||Windows||free||n/a||Tool which automatically executes a set of user defined actions on detecting Microsoft's COFEE tool|
|Evidence Eliminator||Windows||proprietary||6.03||Anti-forensics software, claims to delete files securely|
|HashKeeper||Windows||free||n/a||Database application for storing file hash signatures|
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- Adams, R., Mann, G., & Hobbs, V. (2017). ISEEK, a tool for high speed, concurrent, distributed forensic data acquisition. Paper presented in Valli, C. (Ed.). The Proceedings of 15th Australian Digital Forensics Conference 5–6 December 2017, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia DOI 10.4225/75/5a838d3b1d27f 
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- "OSForensics - Digital investigation for a new era by PassMark Software®". osforensics.com.
- Mohay, George M. (2003). Computer and intrusion forensics. Artechhouse. p. 395. ISBN 1-58053-369-8.
- Mislan, Richard (2010). "Creating laboratories for undergraduate courses in mobile phone forensics". Proceedings of the 2010 ACM conference on Information technology education. ACM: 111–116. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
Among the most popular tools are products named MicroSystemation GSM .XRY and .XACT, Cellebrite UFED, Susteen Secure View2, Paraben Device Seizure, Radio Tactics Aceso, Oxygen Phone Manager, and Compelson MobilEdit Forensic