SpiderFoot: A Comprehensive Guide to Installation and Usage

Riya Jain
2 min readApr 2, 2024

SpiderFoot is a powerful open-source intelligence tool that enables users to gather information about a target by utilizing various data sources. In this blog post, we will walk you through the installation process, demonstrate how to use the community version, and show you how to enhance its capabilities by adding API keys.

Installation of SpiderFoot

1. Download SpiderFoot: Begin by downloading the latest version of SpiderFoot from the official website.
2. Installation Steps: Follow the installation instructions provided for your operating system (Windows, Linux, or macOS).
3. Configuration: Once installed, configure SpiderFoot to ensure it runs smoothly on your system.

Using SpiderFoot Community Version

  1. Launching SpiderFoot: Open SpiderFoot and access the web interface through your browser.
  • Navigate to SpiderFoot Directory:

    Open your terminal and navigate to the directory where SpiderFoot is installed.
    “cd spiderfoot”
  • List the Contents:

Once you’re in the SpiderFoot directory, you can list its contents using the `ls` command to ensure you’re in the right place

  • Launch SpiderFoot:

After confirming your location, navigate further into the SpiderFoot directory, next, initiate SpiderFoot using the following command:

“python3 ./sf.py -l”

Enhancing Efficiency with API Keys

1. Register for API Keys: Sign up for API keys from various data sources like Shodan, VirusTotal, or Have I Been Pwned.
2. Adding API Keys: Navigate to the settings section in SpiderFoot and input the API keys for the desired services.
3. Utilizing API Data: With the added API keys, SpiderFoot can access additional data sources, enhancing the depth and accuracy of the information gathered.

Visualizing Results

  1. Graphical Representation: SpiderFoot provides visual representations of the data collected, making it easier to analyze and understand.

2. Interpreting Graphs: Interpret the graphs generated by SpiderFoot to identify relationships and patterns within the data.


SpiderFoot is a versatile tool that can significantly aid in intelligence gathering and analysis. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can effectively install, use the community version, and leverage API keys to enhance the efficiency of SpiderFoot. Start exploring the capabilities of SpiderFoot today and unlock valuable insights about your targets.

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Riya Jain

Security Researcher | Penetration Tester | Red Team | Blue Team | eJPT|CAP | CND | Purple Team