Install Nmap on Windows

Nmap is officially supported for Windows 7 and newer. However, the Windows port is not quite as efficient as on Linux. Here are the limitations:

  • you cannot scan your own machine from itself (using a loopback IP address of 127.0.0.1 or any of its registered IP addresses).
  • only Ethernet interfaces are supported (including most 802.11 wireless cards) for raw packet scans.
  • some scans (such as the connect scan) are much slower than on Linux.

Here are the steps to install Nmap on Windows:

1. Browse to https://nmap.org/download.html and download the latest self-installer:

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2. Run the downloaded .exe file. In the window that opens, accept the license terms:

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3. Choose the components to install. By default, the Zenmap GUI will be installed:

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4. Select the install location and click Install:

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5. The installation should be completed in a couple of minutes.

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