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Maltego network chart/graph, created with Maltego V4.2
Maltego network chart/graph, created with Maltego V4.2
Initial releaseOctober 23, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-10-23)
Stable release
4.2.11 / June 4, 2020; 7 months ago (2020-06-04)
Written inJava
Operating systemWindows, Mac OS, Linux
PlatformLinux, macOS, Windows
LicenseProprietary software

Maltego is software[1] used for open-source intelligence and forensics, developed by Paterva[2] from Pretoria, South Africa. Maltego focuses on providing a library of transforms for discovery of data from open sources, and visualizing that information in a graph format, suitable for link analysis and data mining. As of 2019, the team of Maltego Technologies headquartered in Munich, Germany has taken responsibility for all global customer-facing operations.[3]

Maltego permits creating custom entities, allowing it to represent any type of information in addition to the basic entity types which are part of the software. The basic focus of the application is analyzing real-world relationships (Social Networks, OSINT APIs, Self-hosted Private Data and Computer Networks Nodes) between people, groups, Webpages, domains, networks, internet infrastructure, and social media affiliations. Maltego extends its data reach with integrations from various data partners.[4] Among its data sources are DNS records, whois records, search engines, social networking services, various APIs and various meta data.[5]

About the Products[edit]

Maltego has paid commercial desktop client softwares with options to self-host the servers.[6] Maltego CaseFile[7] is a free commercial desktop client software with features limited to offline manual graph creation.

A free Community Edition account can be created on the Maltego CE account registration page.[8] The desktop client, after installation can be activated to any Maltego type: XL, Classic, CE, and CaseFile.[9]

Maltego is commonly used by enterprises, security researchers and private investigators.[10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FAQs". Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "PATERVA (Pty) Ltd (redirected to". Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  3. ^ "Welcome to Maltego". August 28, 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "Transform Hub - Data Partners". Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  5. ^ "Maltego CE (redirected to". Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  6. ^ "Maltego Pricing". Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "What is CaseFile?". Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  8. ^ "Maltego CE Account Registration". Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  9. ^ "Desktop Client Download Page". Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  10. ^ Black Hat (3 August 2014). "The Machines That Betrayed Their Masters by Glenn Wilkinson". YouTube. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  11. ^ Channel2600 (22 July 2014). "HOPE X (2014): You've Lost Privacy, Now They're Taking Anonymity". YouTube. Retrieved 26 October 2017.

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