Arp-scan Installation Guide

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Obtaining arp-scan

There are three ways to obtain arp-scan:

  1. Download the source-code tarball, and compile it on your system.
    This is the best way to make sure that you have the latest version. It will build on Linux, BSD and Solaris (details below). You will need development tools including the make utility, an ANSI C compiler and C header files.
  2. Use a packaged distribution for your operating system, e.g. Redhat RPM or Debian DEB.
    This is the easiest option if you're running one of the systems that arp-scan has been packaged for, and you won't need any developer tools. However, you might not get the latest version, as some packages can be a version or two behind the latest release.
  3. Get the latest development version of the source code from the git repository.
    This will get the very latest version of the source code, but it's not guaranteed to be as stable as the latest released version.

The sections below cover these three installation methods.

Building from the source tarball

  1. Download the latest tarball from
    The tarball is named arp-scan-x.y.tar.gz where x.y is the version number. E.g. arp-scan-1.9.tar.gz.
  2. Extract the tarball into a temporary build directory.
    On systems with GNU tar, you can use tar xzf arp-scan-x.y.tar.gz; on other systems, you may need to uncompress the tarball first and then untar it, e.g. gunzip arp-scan-x.y.tar.gz && tar xf arp-scan-x.y.tar. The tarball will be extracted into a directory called arp-scan-x.y.
  3. Change directory to the newly-created arp-scan directory and run ./configure
    There are many different options that you can give to configure, most of which are the standard configure options. Run ./configure --help for details of the available configure options.
  4. Type make to compile arp-scan.
  5. Optionally type make check to run self-tests.
  6. Run make install as root to install arp-scan on your system.

arp-scan supports the following operating systems:

  • Linux
  • FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD and DragonflyBSD
  • MacOS X
  • Solaris (see note below)

In all cases you need libpcap version 0.9 or later installed.

Note that Solaris 10 x86 (and maybe other versions of Solaris) install the Sun/Oracle libpcap package in the unusual location /opt/sfw rather than the more common /usr or /usr/local. To get configure to find the libpcap libraries and header files, you need to specify the location like so:

solaris$ ./configure LDFLAGS="-L /opt/sfw/lib" CPPFLAGS="-I /opt/sfw/include"

arp-scan may also work on other systems that meet the following requirements:

  • Support the packet socket (Linux), BPF (Berkeley Packet Filter) or DLPI network link-layer access methods; and
  • Have libpcap 0.9 or later installed

If you are building arp-scan on a system that meets these requirements but is not in the officially supported list, you will need to edit the autoconf source file to ensure that it selects the correct link-layer sending function. The current code in that does this is:

dnl Determine which link-layer sending functions to use
dnl We base our choice on the operating system in $host_os
case $host_os in
   *linux* )
      AC_MSG_NOTICE([Using packet socket link layer implementation.]);
      AC_CHECK_HEADERS([netpacket/packet.h net/if.h])
   *freebsd* | *darwin* | *openbsd* | *netbsd* | *dragonfly* )
      AC_MSG_NOTICE([Using BPF link layer implementation.]);
dnl We need to specify additional headers to include here, because several
dnl BSD variants require certain headers to be included before others will
dnl work.
dnl FreeBSD 5.2 needs sys/socket.h included for net/if, and
dnl needs sys/types.h for sys/sysctl.h and net/bpf.h
dnl OpenBSD 3.9 needs sys/param.h included for sys/sysctl.h
      AC_CHECK_HEADERS([net/if.h sys/param.h sys/sysctl.h net/route.h net/if_dl.h],,,
      #include <sys/types.h>
      #ifdef HAVE_SYS_SOCKET_H
      #include <sys/socket.h>
      #ifdef HAVE_SYS_PARAM_H
      #include <sys/param.h>
      AC_DEFINE(ARP_PCAP_BPF, 1, [Define to 1 if pcap uses BPF])
   *solaris* )
      AC_MSG_NOTICE([Using DLPI link layer implementation.]);
dnl Solaris 9 needs sys/types.h and sys/socket.h included before net/if.h.
      AC_CHECK_HEADERS([sys/dlpi.h sys/dlpihdr.h stropts.h sys/ioctl.h sys/sockio.h net/if.h sys/bufmod.h],,,
      #include <sys/types.h>
      #ifdef HAVE_SYS_SOCKET_H
      #include <sys/socket.h>
      AC_DEFINE(ARP_PCAP_DLPI, 1, [Define to 1 if pcap uses DLPI])
dnl   *cygwin* )
   * )
      AC_MSG_ERROR([Host operating system $host_os is not supported])

If you successfully build arp-scan on an unsupported system, please let me know so I can add support for that platform to the next release.

Installing a Binary Package

Binary packages are available for the following operating systems:

  • Debian Linux: arp-scan is part of the standard Debian distribution on Lenny and later.
  • Ubuntu Linux: arp-scan is available from gutsy (7.10) in universe.
  • Fedora: arp-scan is available for Fedora 6 and later
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux: arp-scan is available for RedHat EL 5 and later
  • Gentoo Linux
  • FreeBSD: arp-scan is available from the FreeBSD ports collection
  • OpenBSD: arp-scan is available as an OpenBSD package

The installation method for binary packages depends on the operating system, and is not covered here.

Getting the latest development version

The latest development version is available from github at

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