Guide to install AirCrack-ng on Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion in 5 simple steps.

What is Aircrack ?

Aircrack-ng is a network software suite consisting of a detector, packet sniffer, WEP and WPA/WPA2-PSK cracker and analysis tool for 802.11 wireless LANs. It works with any wireless network interface controller whose driver supports raw monitoring mode and can sniff 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g traffic. The program runs under Linux and Windows; the Linux version has been ported to the Zaurusand Maemo platforms, and a proof-of-concept port has been made to the iPhone.


Instructions to install AirCrack-ng on Mac



1. Download and install Xcode

Guide to install AirCrack-ng on Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

Xcode Information – Apple Developer Website
Download Link – Mac App Store / Developer Website

2.Download Xcode Command Line Tools

Guide to install AirCrack-ng on Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

Developer Website – Link

To install the tools, go to the Downloads tab within the Xcode Preferences menu and click “Install” next to the Command Line Tools entry.


3. Download and install MacPorts

The MacPorts Project is an open-source community initiative to design an easy-to-use system for compiling, installing, and upgrading either command-line, X11 or Aqua based open-source software on the Mac OS X operating system. To that end we provide the command-line driven MacPorts software package under a BSD License, and through it easy access to thousands of ports that greatly simplify the task of compiling and installing open-source software on your Mac.
Guide to install AirCrack-ng on Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

Download – Link

4. Open Terminal and Update Mac Ports

 sudo port -v selfupdate

5. Install AirCrack-ng

 sudo port install aircrack-ng

Guide to install AirCrack-ng on Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion

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21 Responses

  1. Vedaj JP

    Hey, I was able to install aircrack-ng successfully. But i’m not able to run airmon-ng. I tried sudo but it says Wireless tools not found”

      • Delphus

        I’m getting the exact same error in 10.8.3 mid 2011 iMac.

      • Delphus

        Oh I see. airmon-ng doesn’t work in OS X. What’s the work-around for turning on monitor mode?

      • Jash Jacob

        Aircrack alone can not re-inject or Monitor Wifi. airodump-ng and aireplay-ng are linux only and will not work under OSX, so for reinjecting and sniffing you need use something like KisMAC.

      • Jash Jacob

        Limited Functionality on Mac OS X. You still need some thing like KisMAC to Monitor networks

  2. Kevin Diaz

    Is Mac OS X supported?

    The aircrack-ng suite has limited Mac OS X support. Currently it only supports the following tools: aircrack-ng, packetforge-ng, ivstools and makeivs. Any program which requires opening a wireless interface is not supported.

    the text bellow was extracted from the official homepage of aircrack, it’s here

  3. Steve

    Use KisMAC to capture and Aircrack to crack.
    Pyrit-CUDA does extremely well on WPA, but does not do WEP.
    You can also use Backtrack….

  4. mehdi

    hi, I have a macbook lion 10.7.5 I want to download the software that “Air Crack-ng” the problem is that in Algeria we can not use the credit card so if you can send me another software or a quote or I can download another, I would be very pleased if you could help me

    • Jash Jacob

      Why do you need a credit card ? Did you follow the method I’ve mentioned in this post ?

  5. Jimoody

    It’s killing me off.

    MacPorts doesn’t want update itself.
    And Aircrack doesn’t want to install.

    The first one told me :

    sudo port -v selfupdate
    —> Updating MacPorts base sources using rsync
    rsync: failed to connect to Connection refused (61)
    rsync error: error in socket IO (code 10) at /SourceCache/rsync/rsync-42/rsync/clientserver.c(105) [receiver=2.6.9]
    Command failed: /usr/bin/rsync -rtzv –delete-after rsync:// /opt/local/var/macports/sources/
    Exit code: 10
    Error: Error synchronizing MacPorts sources: command execution failed
    To report a bug, follow the instructions in the guide:
    Error: /opt/local/bin/port: port selfupdate failed: Error synchronizing MacPorts sources: command execution failed

    The second one told :

    sudo port install aircrack-ng
    Error: Port aircrack-ng not found

    I’m using OS X 10.8.4
    I’ve installed the last version of MacPorts
    I’ve got Xcode and my command line tools is updated too.

    Is there anybody in there who can help me ?

  6. control

    Hi~Jacob, I can not run sudo airmon-ng.
    $ sudo airmon-ng
    Wireless tools not found

    What is this??


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