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HTTP Server Directory Enumeration Scanner

This tool can be used to enumerate directories used by popular web applications and servers.


Short Info



Single Scan

Single Scan

Can be used by

Asset Owner

Estimated Time

300 sec

Scan only one

Domain, Ipv4



This parses a fingerprint file that's similar in format to the Nikto Web application scanner. This script, however, takes it one step further by building in advanced pattern matching as well as having the ability to identify specific versions of Web applications.

You can also parse a Nikto-formatted database using http-fingerprints.nikto-db-path. This will try to parse most of the fingerprints defined in nikto's database in real time. More documentation about this in the nselib/data/http-fingerprints.lua file.

Currently, the database can be found under Nmap's directory in the nselib/data folder. The file is called http-fingerprints and has a long description of its functionality in the file header.

Many of the finger prints were discovered by me (Ron Bowes), and a number of them are from the Yokoso project, used with permission from Kevin Johnson (

Initially, this script attempts to access two different random files in order to detect servers that don't return a proper 404 Not Found status. In the event that they return 200 OK, the body has any non-static-looking data removed (URI, time, etc), and saved. If the two random attempts return different results, the script aborts (since a 200-looking 404 cannot be distinguished from an actual 200). This will prevent most false positives.

In addition, if the root folder returns a 301 Moved Permanently or 401 Authentication Required, this script will also abort. If the root folder has disappeared or requires authentication, there is little hope of finding anything inside it.

By default, only pages that return 200 OK or 401 Authentication Required are displayed. If the http-enum.displayall script argument is set, however, then all results will be displayed (except for 404 Not Found and the status code returned by the random files). Entries in the http-fingerprints database can specify their own criteria for accepting a page as valid.

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