Hunt down social media accounts by username across social networks
NOTE: Python 3.6 or higher is required.
# clone the repo $ git clone https://github.com/sherlock-project/sherlock.git # 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
$ 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. --folderoutput FOLDEROUTPUT, -fo FOLDEROUTPUT 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 file. --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://127.0.0.1:1080 --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
If you are using Anaconda in Windows, using ‘python3’ might not work. Use ‘python’ instead.
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
--rm flag removes the container filesystem on completion to prevent cruft build-up. See: https://docs.docker.com/engine/reference/run/#clean-up---rm
-t flag allocates a pseudo-TTY which allows colored output. See: https://docs.docker.com/engine/reference/run/#foreground
Use the following command to access the saved results:
docker run --rm -t -v "$PWD/results:/opt/sherlock/results" mysherlock-image -o /opt/sherlock/results/text.txt user123
-v "$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.
-o /opt/sherlock/results/text.txt option tells
sherlock to output the result.
Or you can use “Docker Hub” to run
docker run theyahya/sherlock user123
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
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).
MIT © Sherlock Project
Original Creator - Siddharth Dushantha