About « Ettercap

About the Ettercap project

Original Author:
Alberto Ornaghi (ALoR)

Original Author:
Marco Valleri (NaGA)

Project Stewards:
Emilio Escobar (exfil)

Eric Milam (J0hnnyBrav0)

Core Developers:
Alexander Koeppe (format_c)
Gianfranco Costamagna (LocutusOfBorg)
Ali Abdulkadir

Email Us: info -at- ettercap-project.org

Ettercap offers three interfaces, traditional command line, GUI and ncurses

Supported Distributions

These distributions have been tested in both 32 and 64 bit flavors where possible
  • Debian/Ubuntu (Includes derivatives such as Kali, BackTrack, Mint, etc)
  • Fedora
  • Gentoo
  • Pentoo
  • Mac OSX (Snow Leopard & Lion)
  • FreeBSD
  • OpenBSD
  • NetBSD

Unsupported Distributions

Installation may work on the following distributions, but are not supported. Additional settings may be required for compilation and/or use
  • OpenSuSe
  • Solaris
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8


Ettercap source compilation requires the following dependencies
  • Libpcap & dev libraries
  • Libnet1 & dev libraries
  • Libpthread & dev libraries
  • Zlibc
  • Libtool
  • CMake 2.6
  • Flex
  • Bison
  • SSL Dissection Required Dependencies
    • LibSSL & dev libraries
  • GTK Related Dependencies
    • LibGTK & dev libraries
  • NCurses Related Dependencies
    • Libncurses & dev libraries
  • Filter Related Regex Dependencies
    • Libpcre & dev libraries
When building from source, dependencies should be found in the supported distribution repositories. Try these first before acquiring from external dependency source pages. All supported builds have been tested with dependencies installed from the distribution repository.
If you are running on debian, or any debian based distro you can install the required dependencies by running:
sudo apt-get install debhelper cmake bison flex libgtk2.0-dev libltdl3-dev libncurses-dev libncurses5-dev\
 libnet1-dev libpcap-dev libpcre3-dev libssl-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev ghostscript 
For running ettercap you might need to install ethtool, needed for disabling interface offloads