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WIFI HACKING – KISMET – How to Install Kismet on Windows


Lets see if Kismet can run on a Windows 10 laptop.  Here are the hurdles to jump through.. and downloading the first stages is slow – you will lose the will to live, but lets see if this works.

Step 1 – Download Cygwin

Get Cygwin here 

Accept most of the default settings for installation. These include install from Internet, install for all users and a download site.

kismet 1 install from internet

All users

kismet 2 all users

kismet 3 direct connection.png

kismet 4 select download mirror

Okay, here comes the packages – and the installs will take an age.  Put your feet up, watch TV all night and let the downloading begin…

kismet 5 directories



You will need

Step 2 – Development – 3 packages

  • gcc
  • kismet install gcc core

Step 3 – Libs – 2 packages

  • libncures

Step 4 – Utils – 3 packages

  • patch

Once the packages are downloaded, let the installer run.  As I said, you will lose the will to live – so make sure you have some serious catchup TV to hand.


Step 5 – Make some directories

Open Cygwin and make some directories.

mkpasswd -l > /etc/passwd
mkgroup -l > /etc/group


Create windows users and groups

To make the root account an Administrators account.

net localgroup “Administrators” “root” /add
type this in again – and if it’s worked you’ll get an error as shown above.kismet add a wheel group for root

then create a wheel group
net localgroup wheel /add


Now add root into the wheel group.
net localgroup “wheel” “root” /add


Download the last Kismet version – to the /home directory download latest version

To cheat here type in tar -xvf kismet – and next hit the
TAB KEY… it will auto fill in the path for you.  Lazy but awesome.

Uncompress the file – using the TAB key!

tar -xvf kismet (now hit TAB)

#tar -xvf kismet-2016-01-R1.tar.gz

Change to the Kismet directory
Then Configure – notice that you need to disable pcap or this will fail.

#cd kismet-2016-01-R1
#./configure –disable-pcap

Run the following command to generate the dependencies:

#make dep


kismet make depThen, compile and install Kismet.


Did it work?


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  1. Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.


  2. Greg permalink

    Cannot add a Root account to either of these local groups. All I get are the following errors.

    $ net localgroup “Administrators” “Root” /add
    System error 1376 has occurred.

    The specified local group does not exist.


    $ net localgroup “wheel” “root” /add
    System error 1376 has occurred.

    The specified local group does not exist.


  3. Chris permalink

    Use lusrmgr.msc in windows run box to add the groups. its far easier and is quick.


  4. I had to substitute “Rich” (my Windows login, as well as Cygwin user) for “root”. Otherwise it’s worked (making dependencies now)


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