CeWL – Custom Wordlist Generator

CeWL, the Custom Word List generator. CeWL is a ruby app which spiders a given url to a specified depth, optionally following external links, and returns a list of words which can then be used for password crackers such as John the Ripper. CeWL also has an associated command line app, FAB (Files Already Bagged) which uses the same meta data extraction techniques to create author/creator lists from already downloaded.

Type cewl -h for help


  • cewl -v -m 8 -w /root/Desktop/cewl.txt example.com

-v verbose, -m minimum word length to crawl, -w write output to a file and website CeWL will crawl. Grab coffee or beer because this will take sometime it depends on how big is your target website.

Screenshot from 2016-02-24 21:09:12

After finishing the scan you want to know how many words are added to the file type wc -l /root/Desktop/cewl.txt to count the number of words. As you see 548 words are added to my wordlist. What now? You can feed it on Aircrack, Pyrit, or John the Ripper because most of the time admins are using usernames and passwords that you can easily find in their websites.

Screenshot from 2016-02-24 21:14:11