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PW-INSPECTOR(1) General Commands Manual PW-INSPECTOR(1)


pw-inspector - A tool to reduce the password list


pw-inspector [-i FILE] [-o FILE] [-m MINLEN] [-M MAXLEN] [-c MINSETS] -l -u -n -p -s


PW-Inspector reads passwords in and prints those which meet the requirements. The return code is the number of valid passwords found, 0 if none was found. Use for security: check passwords, if 0 is returned, reject password choice. Use for hacking: trim your dictionary file to the pw requirements of the target. Usage only allowed for legal purposes.


file to read passwords from (default: stdin)
file to write valid passwords to (default: stdout)
minimum length of a valid password
maximum length of a valid password
the minimum number of sets required (default: all given)
Show summary of options.


lowcase characters (a,b,c,d, etc.)
upcase characters (A,B,C,D, etc.)
numbers (1,2,3,4, etc.)
printable characters (which are not -l/-n/-p, e.g. $,!,/,(,*, etc.)
special characters - all others not withint the sets above


hydra(1), xhydra(1).


hydra was written by van Hauser / THC <> and co-maintained by David Maciejak <>.

This manual page was written by Daniel Echeverry <>, for the Debian project (and may be used by others).