How to install WPScan on Debian

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This tutorial explains how to install WPScan on Debian based systems. This is being done on a Debian 8 machine, although you should be able to tweak it to your needs.

First we’ll need an up to date Ruby installation. This is something where I had quite some trouble with in the beginning and I didn’t want to go with RVM.


So let’s get started.


Let’s first add a repository that has Ruby 2.3 available, as the normal Stable release for Debian is only 1.9.x.

apt-get install software-properties-common
add-apt-repository 'deb trusty main'
apt-get update


Let’s install the packages we’ll need for WPScan

apt-get install ruby2.3 ruby2.3-dev git make gcc libcurl4-openssl-dev zlib1g-dev


Now download (clone) WPScan using git:

git clone


Enter the wpscan directory:

cd wpscan


Now we have to install the bundler which updates the Ruby gems.

gem install bundler && bundle install --without test


Now you can start WPScan by running it using ruby:

ruby wpscan.rb


And we’re done!

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Examples :

-Further help ...
ruby wpscan.rb --help

-Do 'non-intrusive' checks ...
ruby wpscan.rb --url

-Do wordlist password brute force on enumerated users using 50 threads ...
ruby wpscan.rb --url --wordlist darkc0de.lst --threads 50

-Do wordlist password brute force on the 'admin' username only ...
ruby wpscan.rb --url --wordlist darkc0de.lst --username admin

-Enumerate installed plugins ...
ruby wpscan.rb --url --enumerate p

-Enumerate installed themes ...
ruby wpscan.rb --url --enumerate t

-Enumerate users ...
ruby wpscan.rb --url --enumerate u

-Enumerate installed timthumbs ...
ruby wpscan.rb --url --enumerate tt

-Use a HTTP proxy ...
ruby wpscan.rb --url --proxy

-Use a SOCKS5 proxy ... (cURL >= v7.21.7 needed)
ruby wpscan.rb --url --proxy socks5://

-Use custom content directory ...
ruby wpscan.rb -u --wp-content-dir custom-content

-Use custom plugins directory ...
ruby wpscan.rb -u --wp-plugins-dir wp-content/custom-plugins

-Update the DB ...
ruby wpscan.rb --update

-Debug output ...
ruby wpscan.rb --url --debug-output 2>debug.log

See README for further information.



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