SANS Investigative Forensics Toolkit

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SANS Investigative Forensic Toolkit
Developer(s) SANS Institute
Initial release December 13, 2008 (2008-12-13)
Stable release
2.1 / August 4, 2011; 6 years ago (2011-08-04)
Development status Active
Operating system Ubuntu
Available in English
Type Computer forensics

The SANS Investigative Forensic Toolkit ("SIFT") is a computer forensics VMware appliance that is pre-configured with all the necessary tools to perform a detailed digital forensic examination. It is compatible with expert witness format (E01), advanced forensic format (AFF), and raw (dd) evidence formats. The new version has been completely rebuilt on an Ubuntu base with many additional tools and capabilities that can match any modern forensic tool suite.


The toolkit has the ability to securely examine raw disks, multiple file systems, and evidence formats. It places strict guidelines on how evidence is examined (read-only), verifying that the evidence has not changed.

File system support[edit]

  • Windows (MS-DOS, FAT, VFAT, NTFS)
  • Mac (HFS)
  • Solaris (UFS)
  • Linux (ext2/3)

Evidence image support[edit]

  • Expert Witness (E01/L01)
  • RAW (dd)
  • Advanced Forensic Format (AFF)


  • MantaRay (Automated Forensic Processing), MantaRay's GitHub
  • The Sleuth Kit (File system analysis tools)
  • log2timeline (timeline generation tool)
  • ssdeep & md5deep (hashing tools)
  • Foremost/Scalpel (File Carving)
  • Wireshark (Network Forensics)
  • Vinetto (thumbs.db examination)
  • Pasco (IE Web History examination)
  • Rifiuti (Recycle Bin examination)
  • Volatility Framework (memory analysis)
  • DFLabs PTK (GUI front-end for Sleuthkit)
  • Autopsy (GUI front-end for Sleuthkit)
  • PyFLAG (GUI Log/Disk examination)


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