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Shodan is a search engine for Internet-connected devices. His mission is to pool and to map the entire Internet finding servers, IoT devices, washing machines, freezers, anything has an IP address, to search and report security problems.

A useful tool offered by is the command-line interface packaged with Python. You can be able to search open ports on hosts, check if an IP address is compromised, parse, count and download data of the Big Internet to secure your Network!

Let’s see the installation:

# Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install python-setuptools
sudo apt-get install python-pip
sudo apt-get install python-dev
sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo pip install shodan

# Arch / Manjaro

sudo easy_install click-plugins
sudo easy_install shodan

After the installation sign up on to obtain the API key.

# Shodan API key activation

shodan init [APIKEY]

Here the MAN page of shodan command:

Usage: shodan [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  -h, --help  Show this message and exit.

  alert       Manage the network alerts for your account
  convert     Convert the given input data file into a different format.
  count       Returns the number of results for a search
  data        Bulk data access to Shodan
  domain      View all available information for a domain
  download    Download search results and save them in a compressed JSON...
  honeyscore  Check whether the IP is a honeypot or not.
  host        View all available information for an IP address
  info        Shows general information about your account
  init        Initialize the Shodan command-line
  myip        Print your external IP address
  org         Manage your organization's access to Shodan
  parse       Extract information out of compressed JSON files.
  radar       Real-Time Map of some results as Shodan finds them.
  scan        Scan an IP/ netblock using Shodan.
  search      Search the Shodan database
  stats       Provide summary information about a search query
  stream      Stream data in real-time.
  version     Print version of this tool.

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