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.
Forensics-focused operating systems
- Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing, formerly known as BackTrack.
- Parrot Security OS is a cloud-oriented GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian and designed to perform security and penetration tests, do forensic analysis, or act in anonymity. It uses the MATE Desktop Environment, Linux Kernel 4.6 or higher and it is available as a live lightweight installable ISO image for 32-bit, 64-bit and ARM processors with forensic options at boot, optimizations for programmers, and new custom pentesting tools.
- CAINE Linux is an ubuntu-based live CD/DVD. CAINE stands for Computer Aided INvestigative Environment.
- DEFT Zero is another (L)ubuntu-based live cd, but focused on cloning machine. DEFT stands for Digital Evidence & Forensic Toolkit
- Pentoo Penetration Testing Overlay and Livecd is a live CD and Live USB designed for penetration testing and security assessment. Based on Gentoo Linux, Pentoo is provided both as 32-bit and 64-bit installable live cd. Pentoo also is available as an overlay for an existing Gentoo installation. It features packet injection patched wifi drivers, GPGPU cracking software, and lots of tools for penetration testing and security assessment. The Pentoo kernel includes grsecurity and PAX hardening and extra patches – with binaries compiled from a hardened toolchain with the latest nightly versions of some tools available.
|Autopsy||Windows, ,||GPL||4.11||A digital forensics platform and GUI to The Sleuth Kit|
|AXIOM||Windows||proprietary||3.1||Full digital forensics suite created by Magnet Forensics.|
|Belkasoft Evidence Center||Windows||proprietary||9.5||Digital forensics suite created by Belkasoft|
|BlackLight||Windows macOS iOS Android||proprietary||2019 R1||Digital forensics for major mobile operating systems|
|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||8.06.1||Digital forensics suite created by Guidance Software|
|Forensic Explorer||Windows||proprietary||220.127.116.1126||Digital forensics suite created by GetData|
|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.|
|Helix3 Pro||?||proprietary||?||Digital forensics suite created by e-fence|
|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 / HANSKEN||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|
|Rocket Cloud||Windows||proprietary||2.0||Digital forensics acquisition and case management platform created by Digital DNA Group|
|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|
|SPEKTOR Forensic Intelligence ||Unix-like||proprietary||6.x||Easy to use, comprehensive forensic tool used worldwide by LE/Military/Agencies/Corporates - includes Rapid Imaging and fully automated analysis.|
|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|
|UltimateForensics||Windows||proprietary||1.1||Forensic software for image/video search and analysis by means of matching visual content|
|Windows To Go||n/a||proprietary||n/a||Bootable operating system|
|X-Ways Forensics||Windows||proprietary||19.6||Integrated computer forensics environment created by X-Ways|
Image and video forensics
|Corepro||Windows||proprietary||1.0.6||Software tool for Computer Reversed Projection (e.g. Height examinations|
|Impress||Windows||proprietary||7.3.8||Software toolbox for the forensic enhancement of images and video|
|Mandet||Windows||proprietary||18.104.22.168||Software toolbox for the forensic authentication of images and video|
|ForensicVideo-FA||Windows||proprietary||2.0.0||Software for forensic analysis of video files formats|
Memory forensics tools are used to acquire 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 shut down, and to quickly detect stealthy malware by directly examining the operating system and other running software in memory.
|Name||Vendor or sponsor||Platform||License|
|Belkasoft Evidence Center||Belkasoft||Windows||proprietary|
|Belkasoft Live RAM Capturer||Belkasoft||Windows||free|
|Volatililty||Volatile Systems||Windows and 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|
|Oxygen Forensics||windows||proprietary||Digital forensics suite focused on mobile devices|
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|
|MailXaminer||Windows||Perpetual||4.9.0||Specialized Email Forensics Tool|
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- DEFT Zero
- "Pentoo 2015 – Security-Focused Livecd based on Gentoo". Archived from the original on 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
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Named after the famous elephant Hansken, because of their tremendous memory
- Nelson, Bill; Phillips, Amelia; Steuart, Christopher (2015). Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigations. Cengage Learning. pp. 363, 141, 439, 421, 223, 554, 260, 168, 225, 362. ISBN 978-1-285-06003-3.
- "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.
- Dell Corporation (2012-07-13). "SPEKTOR Mobile Digital Forensics Intelligence Solution" (PDF).
- 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