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Installing Aircrack-ng from Source

Legacy information can be found here.



Windows (Cygwin)


Install the following via Homebrew (brew):

FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Solaris

Install the following via pkg:

Optional stuff

Compiling and installing


Current version

 tar -zxvf aircrack-ng-1.4.tar.gz
 cd aircrack-ng-1.4
 autoreconf -i
 ./configure --with-experimental
 make install

Compiling with AirPcap support (cygwin only)

  1. Copy 'developer' directory from the AirPcap CD at the same level as 'Aircrack-ng' directory
  2. Append '- -with-airpcap=../developer' parameter to configure:

Compiling on *BSD

Commands are exactly the same as Linux but instead of make, use gmake (with CC=gcc5 CXX=g++5 or any more recent gcc version installed).

Compiling on OS X

Commands are exactly the same as Linux

Latest Git (development) Sources

Note: Compilation parameters can also be used with the sources from our git repository.

git clone
cd aircrack-ng
autoreconf -i
./configure --with-experimental
make install

./configure flags

When configuring, the following flags can be used and combined to adjust the suite to your choosing:

Troubleshooting Tips

"command not found" error message

After you do “make install” then try to use any of the Aircrack-ng suite commands, you get the error message “command not found” or similar. Your system will look for the Aircrack-ng commands in the directories defined by the PATH command.

Normally, the Aircrack-ng suite programs and man pages are placed in:


On your system, to determine which directories have the Aircrack-ng programs enter the following. If using “locate” be sure to first run “updatedb”.

 locate aircrack-ng
 locate airmon-ng


 find / -name aircrack-ng
 find / -name airmon-ng

Once you know the directories (exclude the source directories) then determine which directories are in your PATH. To see which directories are included in PATH on your particular system enter:

 echo $PATH

It should show something like:


At this point compare the actual locations with the directories in your PATH. If the directories are missing from your PATH then you have a few options:

Installing pre-compiled binaries


Open your package manager and install 'Aircrack-ng' package. Be sure to check that the version offered is up-to-date – it often isn't.

On OSX, install it is via Macports. Simply do “sudo port install aircrack-ng”.


The Windows version of the Aircrack-ng suite does not have an install program. You must manually install (unzipping archive) the software.

Here are the steps to follow for Windows:

Prior to using the software, make sure to install the drivers for your particular wireless card. See this link for the instructions.

To now use the Aircrack-ng suite, start Windows Explorer and double click on Aircrack-ng GUI.exe inside “bin” subdirectory. The GUI requires .NET version 4.6.1 to run.

Alternatively, open a command prompt (Start menu → Execute → cmd.exe) and change to the “C:\aircrack-ng-1.2-win\bin” directory and execute the individual commands.

Important notes: