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Hunt down social media accounts by username across social networks
Website docker image

Demo    |    Installation    |    Usage    |    Docker Notes    |    Adding New Sites


NOTE: Python 3.6 or higher is required.

# clone the repo
$ git clone

# change the working directory to sherlock
$ cd sherlock

# install python3 and python3-pip if they are not installed

# install the requirements
$ python3 -m pip install -r requirements.txt

Open in Cloud Shell


$ python3 sherlock --help
usage: sherlock [-h] [--version] [--verbose] [--folderoutput FOLDEROUTPUT] [--output OUTPUT]
                [--tor] [--unique-tor] [--csv] [--site SITE_NAME] [--proxy PROXY_URL]
                [--json JSON_FILE] [--timeout TIMEOUT] [--print-found] [--no-color] [--browse]
                USERNAMES [USERNAMES ...]

Sherlock: Find Usernames Across Social Networks (Version 0.12.3)

positional arguments:
  USERNAMES             One or more usernames to check with social networks.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --version             Display version information and dependencies.
  --verbose, -v, -d, --debug
                        Display extra debugging information and metrics.
                        If using multiple usernames, the output of the results will be saved to
                        this folder.
  --output OUTPUT, -o OUTPUT
                        If using single username, the output of the result will be saved to this
  --tor, -t             Make requests over Tor; increases runtime; requires Tor to be installed and
                        in system path.
  --unique-tor, -u      Make requests over Tor with new Tor circuit after each request; increases
                        runtime; requires Tor to be installed and in system path.
  --csv                 Create Comma-Separated Values (CSV) File.
  --site SITE_NAME      Limit analysis to just the listed sites. Add multiple options to specify
                        more than one site.
  --proxy PROXY_URL, -p PROXY_URL
                        Make requests over a proxy. e.g. socks5://
  --json JSON_FILE, -j JSON_FILE
                        Load data from a JSON file or an online, valid, JSON file.
  --timeout TIMEOUT     Time (in seconds) to wait for response to requests. Default timeout of
                        60.0s.A longer timeout will be more likely to get results from slow
                        sites.On the other hand, this may cause a long delay to gather all results.
  --print-found         Do not output sites where the username was not found.
  --no-color            Don't color terminal output
  --browse, -b          Browse to all results on default browser.

To search for only one user:

python3 sherlock user123

To search for more than one user:

python3 sherlock user1 user2 user3

Accounts found will be stored in an individual text file with the corresponding username (e.g user123.txt).

Anaconda (Windows) Notes

If you are using Anaconda in Windows, using ‘python3’ might not work. Use ‘python’ instead.

Docker Notes

If docker is installed you can build an image and run this as a container.

docker build -t mysherlock-image .

Once the image is built, sherlock can be invoked by running the following:

docker run --rm -t mysherlock-image user123

The optional --rm flag removes the container filesystem on completion to prevent cruft build-up. See:

The optional -t flag allocates a pseudo-TTY which allows colored output. See:

Use the following command to access the saved results:

docker run --rm -t -v "$PWD/results:/opt/sherlock/results" mysherlock-image -o /opt/sherlock/results/text.txt user123

The -v "$PWD/results:/opt/sherlock/results" option tells docker to create (or use) the folder results in the present working directory and to mount it at /opt/sherlock/results on the docker container. The -o /opt/sherlock/results/text.txt option tells sherlock to output the result.

Or you can use “Docker Hub” to run sherlock:

docker run theyahya/sherlock user123

Using docker-compose

You can use the docker-compose.yml file from the repository and use this command:

docker-compose run sherlock -o /opt/sherlock/results/text.txt user123

Adding New Sites

Please look at the Wiki entry on adding new sites to understand the issues.

NOTE: Sherlock is not accepting adult sites in the standard list.


Thank you for contributing to Sherlock!

Before creating a pull request with new development, please run the tests to ensure that everything is working great. It would also be a good idea to run the tests before starting development to distinguish problems between your environment and the Sherlock software.

The following is an example of the command line to run all the tests for Sherlock. This invocation hides the progress text that Sherlock normally outputs, and instead shows the verbose output of the tests.

$ cd sherlock/sherlock
$ python3 -m unittest tests.all --verbose

Note that we do currently have 100% test coverage. Unfortunately, some of the sites that Sherlock checks are not always reliable, so it is common to get response problems. Any problems in connection will show up as warnings in the tests instead of true errors.

If some sites are failing due to connection problems (site is down, in maintenance, etc) you can exclude them from tests by creating a tests/.excluded_sites file with a list of sites to ignore (one site name per line).

Stargazers over time

Stargazers over time


MIT © Sherlock Project
Original Creator - Siddharth Dushantha