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] This list includes notable examples of digital; forensic tools.

Computer forensics[edit]


Name Platform License Version Description
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
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.
Open Computer Forensics Architecture Linux LGPL/GPL 2.3.0 Computer forensics framework for CF-Lab environment
CAINE Linux Linux free/open source 8.0 Gnu/Linux computer forensics live distro.
OSForensics[2][3] Windows proprietary 3.3 Multi-purpose forensic tool
PTK Forensics LAMP proprietary 2.0 GUI for The Sleuth Kit
Registry Recon Windows proprietary Forensics tool that rebuilds Windows registries from anywhere on a hard drive and parses them for deep analysis.
SafeBack[4] 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.
Netherlands Forensic Institute / Xiraf[5] n/a proprietary n/a Computer-forensic online service.

Memory forensics[edit]

(Alphabetical) 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
Belkasoft Live RAM Capturer Belkasoft Windows Free
WindowsSCOPE BlueRISC Windows proprietary
OSForensics PassMark Software Windows proprietary
Volatililty Volatile Systems Windows & Linux Free (GPL)

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 8.3
Magnet AXIOM[6] cross-platform proprietary 1.0.1 A software platform for acquisition, analysis and sharing from Magnet Forensics
MicroSystemation XRY/XACT[7] Windows proprietary Hardware/Software package, specializes in deleted data

Software forensics[edit]

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.

Name Platform License Version Description
CodeSuite, by SAFE Corporation Windows proprietary n/a A suite of patented tools for comparing computer source code and executable code to detect plagiarism, pinpoint copyright infringement, highlight trade secret theft, and measure intellectual property. It can also be used to track software development changes through numerous revisions.


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


  1. ^ Casey, Eoghan (2004). Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, Second Edition. Elsevier. ISBN 0-12-163104-4. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "OSForensics - Digital investigation for a new era by PassMark Software®". 
  4. ^ Mohay, George M. (2003). Computer and intrusion forensics. Artechhouse. p. 395. ISBN 1-58053-369-8. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "He traded in his badge to develop tech tools for police". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  7. ^ 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