Easy steps to install famous penetration testing and cybersecurity tool HYDRA?

Penetration testing is one of the most important stages of any security analysis, so researchers should always have the best tools in this process. On this occasion, cybersecurity experts from the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS) will show you how to install HYDRA, one of the most popular pentesting tools.

THC-HYDRA, or simply known as Hydra, is a pentesting tool, open port analysis, and website scanning. The tool was designed for more efficient almost any cracking process and is available only for Linux systems, although it is equally functional in emulators such as Termux, say cybersecurity experts.


Installing Hydra requires our implementation (Kali Linux or Termux) to meet the following requirements:

  • 1 GB of data storage
  • 50 MB of internet data
  • 3 GB of RAM for better performance
  • Android device 5v.0.0 or higher rooted

If our system meets these requirements, we may continue to:

  • Install Termux from the F-droid app and upgrade it to the latest version available and enter the following code:
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

  • After updating Termux, install basic packages like python, curl, wget, php:
apt install -y python php curl wget git nano
  • Open Terux Home directory:
cd $HOME
  • Then clone the hydra link in termux/kali, the cybersecurity experts mentioned:
git clone https://github.com/vanhauser-thc/thc-hydra
  • Open the cloned Hydra repository on your terminal:
cd $HOME/thc-hydra
  • Install some packages by running the configuration script:
make install

  • All ready to use, now just enter the help command:
./hydra -h
  • Let’s look at a case study. Suppose you want to hack the FTP port, for which cybersecurity experts recommend the following command:
./hydra -l admin -p password ftp://localhost/

For more information on the target system you can use the commands shown below. More information is available in the Hydra help menu.

hydra -l admin -p password ftp://localhost/
hydra -L default_logins.txt -p test ftp://localhost/
hydra -l admin -P common_passwords.txt ftp://localhost/
hydra -L logins.txt -P passwords.txt ftp://localhost/

As usual, we remind you that this article was prepared for informational purposes only, so IICS is not responsible for the misuse that may be given to the information contained herein.

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