Shows the help screen.
It only saves IVs (only useful for cracking). If this option is
specified, you have to give a dump prefix (--write option)
Indicate that airodump-ng should try to use GPSd to get coordi‐
-w , --write
Is the dump file prefix to use. If this option is not given, it
will only show data on the screen. Beside this file a CSV file
with the same filename as the capture will be created.
It will record all beacons into the cap file. By default it only
records one beacon for each network.
-u , --update
Delay seconds delay between display updates (default: 1
second). Useful for slow CPU.
Prints ACK/CTS/RTS statistics. Helps in debugging and general
injection optimization. It is indication if you inject, inject
too fast, reach the AP, the frames are valid encrypted frames.
Allows one to detect "hidden" stations, which are too far away
to capture high bitrate frames, as ACK frames are sent at 1Mbps.
-h Hides known stations for --showack.
Time before removing the AP/client from the screen when no more
packets are received (Default: 120 seconds). See airodump-ng
source for the history behind this option ;).
-c [,[,...]], --channel [,[,...]]
Indicate the channel(s) to listen to. By default airodump-ng
hops on all 2.4GHz channels.
-b , --band
Indicate the band on which airodump-ng should hop. It can be a
combination of 'a', 'b' and 'g' letters ('b' and 'g' uses 2.4GHz
and 'a' uses 5GHz). Incompatible with --channel option.
-s , --cswitch
Defines the way airodump-ng sets the channels when using more
than one card. Valid values: 0 (FIFO, default value), 1 (Round
Robin) or 2 (Hop on last).
Set the channel to be in HT20 (802.11n).
Set the channel to be in HT40+ (802.11n). It requires the fre‐
quency 20MHz above to be available (4 channels above) and thus
some channels are not usable in HT40+. Only channels up to 7 are
available in HT40+ in the US (and 9 in most of Europe).
Set the channel to be in HT40- (802.11n). It requires the fre‐
quency 20MHz below to be available (4 channels be)low and thus
some channels are not usable in HT40-. In 2.4GHz, HT40- channels
start at channel 5.
Reads packet from a file.
Active Scanning Simulation (send probe requests and parse the
Display a manufacturer column with the information obtained from
the IEEE OUI list. See airodump-ng-oui-update(8)
Display APs uptime obtained from its beacon timestamp.
Display a WPS column with WPS version, config method(s), AP
Setup Locked obtained from APs beacon or probe response (if
Define the formats to use (separated by a comma). Possible val‐
ues are: pcap, ivs, csv, gps, kismet, netxml. The default values
are: pcap, csv, kismet, kismet-newcore. 'pcap' is for recording
a capture in pcap format, 'ivs' is for ivs format (it is a
shortcut for --ivs). 'csv' will create an airodump-ng CSV file,
'kismet' will create a kismet csv file and 'kismet-newcore' will
create the kismet netxml file. 'gps' is a shortcut for --gps.
Theses values can be combined with the exception of ivs and
-I , --write-interval
Output file(s) write interval for CSV, Kismet CSV and Kismet
NetXML in seconds (minimum: 1 second). By default: 5 seconds.
Note that an interval too small might slow down airodump-ng.
-K , --background
Override automatic background detection. Use "0" to force fore‐
ground settings and "1" to force background settings. It will
not make airodump-ng run as a daemon, it will skip background
autodetection and force enable/disable of interactive mode and
Removes the message that says 'fixed channel : -1'.
-t , --encrypt
It will only show networks matching the given encryption. May be
specified more than once: '-t OPN -t WPA2'
-d , --bssid
It will only show networks, matching the given bssid.
-m , --netmask
It will only show networks, matching the given bssid ^ netmask
combination. Need --bssid (or -d) to be specified.
-a It will only show associated clients.
Filter APs by ESSID. Can be used several times to match a set of
Filter APs by ESSID using a regular expression.
airodump-ng can receive and interpret key strokes while running. The
following list describes the currently assigned keys and supposed ac‐
a Select active areas by cycling through these display options:
AP+STA; AP+STA+ACK; AP only; STA only
d Reset sorting to defaults (Power)
i Invert sorting algorithm
m Mark the selected AP or cycle through different colors if the
selected AP is already marked
r (De-)Activate realtime sorting - applies sorting algorithm every
time the display will be redrawn
s Change column to sort by, which currently includes: First seen;
BSSID; PWR level; Beacons; Data packets; Packet rate; Channel;
Max. data rate; Encryption; Strongest Ciphersuite; Strongest Au‐
SPACE Pause display redrawing/ Resume redrawing
TAB Enable/Disable scrolling through AP list
UP Select the AP prior to the currently marked AP in the displayed
list if available
DOWN Select the AP after the currently marked AP if available
If an AP is selected or marked, all the connected stations will also be
selected or marked with the same color as the corresponding Access
airodump-ng -c 9 wlan0mon
Here is an example screenshot:
CH 9 ][ Elapsed: 1 min ][ 2007-04-26 17:41 ][ BAT: 2 hours 10 mins ][
WPA handshake: 00:14:6C:7E:40:80
BSSID PWR RXQ Beacons #Data, #/s CH MB ENC CIPHER
00:09:5B:1C:AA:1D 11 16 10 0 0 11 54. OPN
00:14:6C:7A:41:81 34 100 57 14 1 9 11 WEP WEP
00:14:6C:7E:40:80 32 100 752 73 2 9 54 WPA TKIP
BSSID STATION PWR Rate Lost Frames
00:14:6C:7A:41:81 00:0F:B5:32:31:31 51 11-11 2 14 big‐
(not associated) 00:14:A4:3F:8D:13 19 11-11 0 4 mossy
00:14:6C:7A:41:81 00:0C:41:52:D1:D1 -1 11-2 0 5 big‐
00:14:6C:7E:40:80 00:0F:B5:FD:FB:C2 35 36-24 0 99 teddy
BSSID MAC address of the access point. In the Client section, a BSSID
of "(not associated)" means that the client is not associated
with any AP. In this unassociated state, it is searching for an
AP to connect with.
PWR Signal level reported by the card. Its signification depends on
the driver, but as the signal gets higher you get closer to the
AP or the station. If the BSSID PWR is -1, then the driver
doesn't support signal level reporting. If the PWR is -1 for a
limited number of stations then this is for a packet which came
from the AP to the client but the client transmissions are out
of range for your card. Meaning you are hearing only 1/2 of the
communication. If all clients have PWR as -1 then the driver
doesn't support signal level reporting.
RXQ Only shown when on a fixed channel. Receive Quality as measured
by the percentage of packets (management and data frames) suc‐
cessfully received over the last 10 seconds. It's measured over
all management and data frames. That's the clue, this allows you
to read more things out of this value. Lets say you got 100 per‐
cent RXQ and all 10 (or whatever the rate) beacons per second
coming in. Now all of a sudden the RXQ drops below 90, but you
still capture all sent beacons. Thus you know that the AP is
sending frames to a client but you can't hear the client nor the
AP sending to the client (need to get closer). Another thing
would be, that you got a 11MB card to monitor and capture frames
(say a prism2.5) and you have a very good position to the AP.
The AP is set to 54MBit and then again the RXQ drops, so you
know that there is at least one 54MBit client connected to the
Number of beacons sent by the AP. Each access point sends about
ten beacons per second at the lowest rate (1M), so they can usu‐
ally be picked up from very far.
#Data Number of captured data packets (if WEP, unique IV count), in‐
cluding data broadcast packets.
#/s Number of data packets per second measure over the last 10 sec‐
CH Channel number (taken from beacon packets). Note: sometimes
packets from other channels are captured even if airodump-ng is
not hopping, because of radio interference.
MB Maximum speed supported by the AP. If MB = 11, it's 802.11b, if
MB = 22 it's 802.11b+ and higher rates are 802.11g. The dot (af‐
ter 54 above) indicates short preamble is supported. 'e' indi‐
cates that the network has QoS (802.11e) enabled.
ENC Encryption algorithm in use. OPN = no encryption,"WEP?" = WEP or
higher (not enough data to choose between WEP and WPA/WPA2), WEP
(without the question mark) indicates static or dynamic WEP, and
WPA or WPA2 if TKIP or CCMP or MGT is present.
CIPHER The cipher detected. One of CCMP, WRAP, TKIP, WEP, WEP40, or
WEP104. Not mandatory, but TKIP is typically used with WPA and
CCMP is typically used with WPA2. WEP40 is displayed when the
key index is greater than 0. The standard states that the index
can be 0-3 for 40bit and should be 0 for 104 bit.
AUTH The authentication protocol used. One of MGT (WPA/WPA2 using a
separate authentication server), SKA (shared key for WEP), PSK
(pre-shared key for WPA/WPA2), or OPN (open for WEP).
WPS This is only displayed when --wps (or -W) is specified. If the
AP supports WPS, the first field of the column indicates version
supported. The second field indicates WPS config methods (can be
more than one method, separated by comma): USB = USB method,
ETHER = Ethernet, LAB = Label, DISP = Display, EXTNFC = External
NFC, INTNFC = Internal NFC, NFCINTF = NFC Interface, PBC = Push
Button, KPAD = Keypad. Locked is displayed when AP setup is
ESSID The so-called "SSID", which can be empty if SSID hiding is acti‐
vated. In this case, airodump-ng will try to recover the SSID
from probe responses and association requests.
MAC address of each associated station or stations searching for
an AP to connect with. Clients not currently associated with an
AP have a BSSID of "(not associated)".
Rate This is only displayed when using a single channel. The first
number is the last data rate from the AP (BSSID) to the Client
(STATION). The second number is the last data rate from Client
(STATION) to the AP (BSSID).
Lost It means lost packets coming from the client. To determine the
number of packets lost, there is a sequence field on every non-
control frame, so you can subtract the second last sequence num‐
ber from the last sequence number and you know how many packets
you have lost.
The number of data packets sent by the client.
Probes The ESSIDs probed by the client. These are the networks the
client is trying to connect to if it is not currently connected.
The first part is the detected access points. The second part is a list
of detected wireless clients, stations. By relying on the signal power,
one can even physically pinpoint the location of a given station.
airodump-ng is used for packet capturing of raw 802.11 frames for the
intent of using them with aircrack-ng. If you have a GPS receiver con‐
nected to the computer, airodump-ng is capable of logging the coordi‐
nates of the found access points. Additionally, airodump-ng writes out
a text file containing the details of all access points and clients
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