Getting to Understand about Aircrack-ng

Well, it’s time to check and validate your Wifi network if there is any security hole you need to fix. Of course you can not do this without a tool. So today we are going to introduce our beloved readers a good tool called Aircrack-ng which is on of the most popular tools out there on the Internet.

First thing first, before you can get the tool to play with, we would suggest to read and understand about the tool for its abilities and functions whether it is suitable to your requirements or it is a trust source where you can install without harm.

Where does Aircrack-ng come from?

Aircrack-ng is a free tool which is developed by Thomas d’Otreppe de Bouvette. It was started at the end of February 2006. There a previous generation of Aircrack-ng called Aircrack while “NG” is the next generation with many new cool features.  The tool itself is written in C language and supports cross-platform such as Windows, FreeBSD, Linux, OpenBSD, and OS X.

What does Aircrack-ng can do?

The current stable version of Aircrack-ng is 1.2 RC 4 which has been released on 14 February 2016. There are many bug fixes for this release including big speed increase.

Aircrack-ng has strong ability in four different area of your Wifi network security.

  • Monitoring: You can use a third-party tool to process or analyze the data which is export by Aircrack-ng so that you can understand more about your wifi network.
  • Testing: You can use this tool to check driver capabilities with your Wifi card by using capture and injection method.
  • Attacking: It has ability to do packet injection which means you can create a fake access point, deauthentication, replay attacks and many more.
  • Cracking: As its name said, it can be used to crack WEP and both version 1 and 2 of WPA PSK.

How to install Aircrack-ng?

There are two ways to install Aircrack-ng. You can do it via compiling and installing from source code, or you can install it with the pre-compiled package. So in this article, we will provide the step for the easy way of installing Aircrack-ng by using pre-compiled package.


You can install the tool by opening your package manager then install “Aircrack-ng” package. You might see some problems if you do with older version of Aircrack-ng, make sure you install the up-to-date version. Especially when you have a recently added support card like Intel, Broadcom or ACX. Debian and Ubuntu are having issue with this matters.



Important: You are required to develop your own DLL to link to your wireless card. Aircrack will not function without these DLL. It is not available anywhere on the Internet.

Currently, there is not install program for Windows version yet. You must install the software manually. Also, make sure you have driver for your wireless card installed and .NET Framwork 2.0 at least. Below is the example steps on Windows XP.

  • Download Aircrack-ng suit to your PC (Windows version and latest release). It will be in zip extension.
  • Now unzip the package to “C:/”, then there will be one directory created like “aircrack-ng-0.9.3-win” or something similar depending on your Aircrack-ng version. You will see three subdirectories inside called “bin”, “src”, and “test”.
  • Now go into “bin” subdirectory and click “Aircrack-ng GUI.exe” to use Aircrack-ng. There is another way to do this via command line.

Aircrack-ng-windows    Aircrack-ng-wins


An easy and quick way to install Aircrack-ng on Mac OSX is using Macports. You can simply issue command “sudo port install aircrack-ng”.

If you do not like the easy way, check below instruction.

First thing first, make sure you have Xcode installed on your Mac OSX. Then download the source of Aircrack-ng and simply go inside untarred directory and do “make && sudo make install”. Makefile.osx will need to be renamed to Makefile if you have a stable version.

Aircrack-ng OSX

Also, airodump-ng and aireplay-ng are currently not working on native OSX. They are for Linux only. So you may have to use other means for sniffing and reinjecting.


To get the tool, you can check on their official website or by simply click on download button below for version 1.2 RC4.

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