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zenmap (1)


zenmap - Graphical Nmap frontend and results viewer


zenmap [options] [results file]


Zenmap Reference Guide                                  ZENMAP(1)

     zenmap - Graphical Nmap frontend and results viewer

     zenmap [options] [results file]

     Zenmap is a multi-platform graphical Nmap frontend and
     results viewer. Zenmap aims to make Nmap easy for beginners
     to use while giving experienced Nmap users advanced
     features. Frequently used scans can be saved as profiles to
     make them easy to run repeatedly. A command creator allows
     interactive creation of Nmap command lines. Scan results can
     be saved and viewed later. Saved scan results can be
     compared with one another to see how they differ. The
     results of recent scans are stored in a searchable database.

     This man page only describes the few Zenmap command-line
     options and some critical notes. A much more detailed Zenmap
     User's Guide is available at blue]-]. Other documentation and
     information is available from the Zenmap web page at blue]-].

     -f, --file results file
         Open the given results file for viewing. The results
         file may be an Nmap XML output file (.xml, as produced
         by nmap -oX) or a Umit scan results file (.usr). This
         option may be given more than once.

     -h, --help
         Show a help message and exit.

     -n, --nmap Nmap command line
         Run the given Nmap command within the Zenmap interface.
         After -n or --nmap, every remaining command line
         argument is read as the command line to execute. This
         means that -n or --nmap must be given last, after any
         other options. Note that the command line must include
         the nmap executable name: zenmap -n nmap -sS target.

     -p, --profile profile
         Start with the given profile selected. The profile name
         is just a string: "Regular scan". If combined with -t,
         begin a scan with the given profile against the
         specified target.

     -t, --target target
         Start with the given target. If combined with -p, begin
         a scan with the given profile against the specified

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     -v, --verbose
         Increase verbosity (of Zenmap, not Nmap). This option
         may be given multiple times to get even more verbosity.

     Any other arguments are taken to be the names of results
     files to open.

         Set ZENMAP_DEVELOPMENT to disable automatic crash

     Like their authors, Nmap and Zenmap aren't perfect. But you
     can help make them better by sending bug reports or even
     writing patches. If Nmap or Zenmap doesn't behave the way
     you expect, first upgrade to the latest version available
     from blue]]. If the problem persists, do some
     research to determine whether it has already been discovered
     and addressed. Try Googling the error message or browsing
     the nmap-dev archives at blue]]. Read
     this full manual page as well. If nothing comes of this,
     mail a bug report to Please include
     everything you have learned about the problem, as well as
     what version of Zenmap you are running and what operating
     system version it is running on. Problem reports and Zenmap
     usage questions sent to are far more
     likely to be answered than those sent to Fyodor directly.

     Code patches to fix bugs are even better than bug reports.
     Basic instructions for creating patch files with your
     changes are available at blue]-]. Patches may be sent to
     nmap-dev (recommended) or to Fyodor directly.

     Zenmap was originally derived from Umit, an Nmap GUI created
     during the Google-sponsored Nmap Summer of Code in 2005 and
     2006. The primary author of Umit was Adriano Monteiro
     Marques. When Umit was modified and integrated into Nmap in
     2007, it was renamed Zenmap.

     Fyodor (blue]])

     Hundreds of people have made valuable contributions to Nmap
     over the years. These are detailed in the CHANGELOG file
     which is distributed with Nmap and also available from

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     Zenmap is derived from the Umit Nmap frontend, which was
     started by Adriano Monteiro Marques as an Nmap/Google Summer
     of Code project (, blue]-]).

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following

     |Availability   | diagnostic/nmap  |
     |Stability      | Volatile         |
     This software was built from source available at  The original
     community source was downloaded from

     Further information about this software can be found on the
     open source community website at

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