List of digital forensics tools

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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.[1]

Computer forensics[edit]

Main article: computer forensics
Name Platform License Version Description
Belkasoft Evidence Center Windows proprietary 7.3 Computer and mobile forensics product that analyzes Windows, Mac OS X and Unix/Linux devices, images and RAM dumps.
forpix Windows freeware 2.05 Recognition of similar image files.
ZiuZ VizX2 Windows Proprietary Multi-purpose forensic tool
EnCase Windows proprietary 7.10 Multi-purpose forensic tool
Wireshark cross-platform GPL n/a Open-source packet capture/analyzer, backend library used is [win]pcap.
SANS Investigative Forensics Toolkit - SIFT Ubuntu 2.1 Multi-purpose forensic operating system
Internet Evidence Finder (IEF) Windows proprietary Targeted forensics tool that recovers Internet related communications and activity from hard drives and RAM captures
Registry Recon Windows proprietary Forensics tool that rebuilds Windows registries from anywhere on a hard drive and parses them for deep analysis.
EPRB Windows proprietary 1435 Set of tools for encrypted systems & data decryption and password recovery
Digital Forensics Framework Unix-like/Windows GPL 1.3 Framework and user interfaces dedicated to Digital Forensics
FTK Windows proprietary 5.6.4 Multi-purpose tool, FTK is a court-cited digital investigations platform built for speed, stability and ease of use.
PTK Forensics LAMP proprietary 2.0 GUI for The Sleuth Kit
The Coroner's Toolkit Unix-like IBM Public License 1.19 A suite of programs for Unix analysis
CAINE Linux Linux free/open source 6.0 Gnu/Linux computer forensics live distro.
COFEE Windows proprietary n/a A suite of tools for Windows developed by Microsoft
MailXaminer Windows proprietary n/a Complete suite of email forensic tools for Windows developed by SysTools
The Sleuth Kit Unix-like/Windows IPL, CPL, GPL 4.1.2 A library of tools for both Unix and Windows
Categoriser 4 Pictures[2] Windows freeware 4.0.2 Image categorisation tool develop, available to law enforcement
Open Computer Forensics Architecture Linux LGPL/GPL 2.3.0 Computer forensics framework for CF-Lab environment
SafeBack[3] N/a proprietary 3.0 Digital media (evidence) acquisition and backup
Windows To Go n/a proprietary n/a Bootable operating system
Shell Control Box Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, mobile proprietary 4.0 SCB inspects remote access protocols such as SSH, RDP, Telnet, or Vnc protocols. It can act as a transparent device, and also in different non-transparent ways.
Netherlands Forensic Institute / Xiraf[4] n/a proprietary n/a Computer-forensic online service.
X-Ways Forensics Windows proprietary 18.5 Multi-purpose forensic tool
ForensiCopy Windows freeware 1.3 Forensic file copy tool. Copies files in a forensically sound manner preserving MAC Times and generating a log file.
BlackLight Windows and Mac proprietary 2014R2.2 Multi-platform forensic analysis tool. Analyze forensic images and data from Mac, Windows, iOS and Android.
M3 Bitlocker Recovery Windows freeware 4.5 Forensic tool to decrypt data from damaged, corrupted, failed, inaccessible or crashed Bitlocker encrypted drive.
OSForensics Windows proprietary 3.1 Identify suspicious files and activity with hash matching, drive signature comparisons, e-mails, memory and binary data. Extract forensic evidence from computers quickly with advanced file searching and indexing and enables this data to be managed effectively. Live or bootable from CD/DVD/USB.
GetData Forensic Explorer Windows proprietary 3.1.2 Live Boot virtualization, Shadow Copy, Meta extraction, Carving, Hash Sets, Index and Keyword search, Bookmarking and more...
DEFT Linux Linux freeware 8.2 Bootable Linux distro with live Windows tools.
Kali Linux Linux freeware 1.1.0 Powerful bootable Linux distro with forensic, pen testing, and security functionality.
Sumuri Paladin Linux freeware 6.01 Cutting edge bootable Linux suite focused on quick, efficient acquisition of data.
ADF Triage Examiner Windows proprietary 3.8 Multi-platform forensic analysis tool
DriveSpy DOS proprietary 1.70 Forensics analysis tool based on DOS commands
Amped FIVE Windows Proprietary 6947 Forensics software for analyzing images and video
Amped Authenticate Windows Proprietary 6996 Forensics software for analyzing images and video

Memory forensics[edit]

Main article: memory forensics

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.

Name Vendor/Sponsor Platform License
WindowsSCOPE BlueRISC Windows proprietary
Volatililty Volatile Systems Windows & Linux Free (GPL)
DumpIt MoonSols Windows Free
RAM Capture Magnet Forensics Windows Free
Live RAM Capturer Belkasoft Windows Free

Mobile device forensics[edit]

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.

Name Platform License Version Description
Belkasoft Evidence Center Windows proprietary Computer and mobile forensics product which analyzes Android, iOS and Blackberry
Cellebrite Mobile Forensics Windows proprietary Universal Forensics Extraction Device - Hardware and Software
Secure View Mobile Forenscis Software Windows proprietary Hardware/Software package
Internet Evidence Finder (IEF) Windows proprietary Targeted forensics tool that recovers 3rd party app data and native app data from smartphones and tablets
Radio Tactics Aceso Windows proprietary "All-in-one" unit with a touch screen
Paraben Device Seizure Windows proprietary 7.0 Hardware/Software package
MicroSystemation XRY/XACT[5] Windows proprietary Hardware/Software package, specializes in deleted data
Oxygen Forensic Suite (former Oxygen Phone Manager) Windows proprietary Smart forensics for smartphones
MOBILedit! Forensic Windows proprietary Hardware-Connection kit/Software package
NowSecure Forensics Santoku Linux (bare metal or in a VM on Mac OSX VMWare Fusion or Windows VMWare Player) proprietary 3.0 Automated physical, filesystem, backup, and logical acquisitions of SMS, apps, contacts and more. Works on both Android and iOS.
MPE+Mobile Phone Examiner Plus Windows proprietary 5.5.6 Universal Cell phone and Smart phone Forensics Extraction and Analysis Tool - Hardware and Software
Last SIM Details (LSD) Windows freeware Recovery of SIM card details from mobile device reads


Name Platform License Version Description
HashKeeper Windows free n/a Database application for storing file hash signatures
Evidence Eliminator Windows proprietary 6.03 Anti-forensics software, claims to delete files securely
DECAF Windows free n/a Tool which automatically executes a set of user defined actions on detecting Microsoft's COFEE tool
VideoCleaner Windows free 2.6 Forensic video enhancement tool to extract hidden and subtle details


  1. ^ Casey, Eoghan (2004). Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, Second Edition. Elsevier. ISBN 0-12-163104-4. 
  2. ^ Sanderson, P (December 2006). "Mass image classification". Digital Investigations 3 (4): 190–195. doi:10.1016/j.diin.2006.10.010. 
  3. ^ Mohay, George M. (2003). Computer and intrusion forensics. Artechhouse. p. 395. ISBN 1-58053-369-8. 
  4. ^ Bhoedjang, R; et al. (February 2012). "Engineering an online computer forensic service". Digital Investigations 9 (2): 96–108. doi:10.1016/j.diin.2012.10.001. 
  5. ^ 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