CrackMapExec (CME) is a versatile tool for pentesting Windows networks. It allows you to perform various tasks such as enumeration, credential dumping, lateral movement, and more. However, installing CME on MacOS can be tricky, as it requires some dependencies and configuration steps. In this article, we will show you how to install CME on MacOS using different methods.
Docker is a software that allows you to run applications in isolated containers. This makes it easy to install and run CME without worrying about compatibility issues or dependencies. To use Docker, you need to install it on your MacOS first. You can follow the official instructions here: https://docs.docker.com/desktop/mac/install/.
Once you have Docker installed and running, you can pull the CME image from the Docker Hub by running this command in your terminal:
docker pull byt3bl33d3r/crackmapexec
This will download the latest version of CME and store it locally on your machine. To run CME, you can use this command:
docker run -it --entrypoint /bin/bash byt3bl33d3r/crackmapexec
This will launch a bash shell inside the CME container, where you can use CME as usual. For example, you can run this command to see the help menu:
To exit the container, you can type exit or press Ctrl+D.
Method 2: Using Binaries
Another way to install CME on MacOS is to use the pre-compiled binaries that are available on the GitHub repository. These binaries are standalone executables that do not require any installation or dependencies. However, you need to have a compatible version of Python 3 installed on your MacOS first. You can check your Python version by running this command:
If you don't have Python 3 installed or if your version is too old, you can install it using Homebrew by running these commands:
Once you have Python 3 installed, you can download the latest stable binary release of CME from here: https://github.com/Porchetta-Industries/CrackMapExec/releases. Make sure to choose the file that matches your OS and architecture (e.g., crackmapexec-osx-x86_64).
After downloading the binary file, you need to make it executable by running this command (replace the file name with the one you downloaded):
chmod +x crackmapexec-osx-x86_64
Then, you can run CME by using this command:
Method 3: Using Python Package
The third method to install CME on MacOS is to use the Python package manager pip. This method requires you to have Python 3 and pip installed on your MacOS first. You can follow the same steps as in method 2 to install them using Homebrew.
Once you have Python 3 and pip installed, you can use pipx to install CME as a separate package. Pipx is a tool that isolates each package and its dependencies in a virtual environment, which prevents conflicts and errors. To install pipx, run this command:
python3 -m pip install pipx
Then, run this command to ensure that pipx is in your path:
Finally, run this command to install CME using pipx:
pipx install crackmapexec
This will download and install CME and its dependencies in a virtual environment 06063cd7f5