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AMWScan (PHP Antimalware Scanner) is a free tool to scan php files and analyze your project to find any malicious code inside it.

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PHP Antimalware Scanner is a free tool to scan PHP files and analyze your project to find any malicious code inside it.

It provides an interactive text terminal console interface to scan a file, or all files in a given directory (file paths can be also be managed using

), and find PHP code files that seem to contain malicious code. When a probable malware is detected, will be asked what action to take (like add to whitelist, delete files, try clean infected code etc...).

The package can also scan the PHP files in a report mode (

), so without interact and outputting anything to the terminal console. In that case the results will be stored in a report file in html (default) or text format (

This scanner can work on your own php projects and on a lot of others platform using the right combinations of configurations (ex. using

flag can help to find less false positivity).

:warning: Remember that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from such activities. You are solely responsible to adequate protection and backup of the data before execute the scanner.

How to contribute

Have an idea? Found a bug? Please raise to ISSUES or PULL REQUEST. Contributions are welcome and are greatly appreciated! Every little bit helps.

:blue_book: Requirements

  • php 5.5+
    • php-xml
    • php-zip
    • php-mbstring
    • php-json
    • php-common
    • php-curl
    • php-gd

:book: Install


You can use one of this method to install the scanner downloading it from github or directly from console.


Go on GitHub page and press on Releases tab or download the raw file from:



  1. Run this command from console (scanner will be download on your current directory):

wget --no-check-certificate
  1. Run the scanner:

php scanner ./dir-to-scan -l ...
  1. (Optional) Install as bin command (Unix Bash)

Run this command:

wget --no-check-certificate -O /usr/bin/awscan.phar && \
printf "#!/bin/bash\nphp /usr/bin/awscan.phar \[email protected]" > /usr/bin/awscan && \
chmod u+x,g+x /usr/bin/awscan.phar && \
chmod u+x,g+x /usr/bin/awscan && \
export PATH=$PATH":/usr/bin"

Now you can run the scanner simply with this command:

awscan ./dir-to-scan -l...



Click on GitHub page "Clone or download" or download from:


  1. Install git
  2. Copy the command and link from below in your terminal:
    git clone
  3. Change directories to the new
    cd ~/PHP-Antimalware-Scanner/
  4. To ensure that your master branch is up-to-date, use the pull command:
    git pull
  5. Enjoy

:whale: Docker

  1. Download the source
  2. Build command
    docker build --tag amwscan-docker .
  3. Run command
    docker run -it --rm amwscan-docker bash

:mag_right: Scanning mode

The first think you need to decide is the strength, you need to calibrate your scan to find less false positive as possible during scanning without miss for real malware. For this you can choose the aggression level.

The scanner permit to have some predefined modes:

| Mode | Alias | 🚀 | Description | | --------------------------- | ----- | -------- | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | | None (default) | | 🔴 | Search for all functions, exploits and malware signs without any restrictions | | Only exploits |

| 🟠 | Search only for exploits definitions
Use flag:
| | Lite mode |
| 🟡 | Search for exploits with some restrictions and malware signs (on Wordpress and others platform could detect less false positivity)
Use flag:
| | Only functions |
| 🟡 | Search only for functions (on some obfuscated code functions couldn't be detected)
Use flag:
| | Only signatures |
| 🟢 | Search only for malware signatures (could be a good solution for Wordpress and others platform to detect less false positivity)
Use flag:

:computer: Usage

Command line

php amwscan ./mywebsite/http/ -l -s --only-exploits
php amwscan -s --max-filesize="5MB"
php amwscan -s -logs="/user/marco/scanner.log"
php amwscan --lite --only-exploits
php amwscan --exploits="double_var2" --functions="eval, str_replace"
php amwscan --ignore-paths="/my/path/*.log,/my/path/*/cache/*"

To check all options check the Documentation


If you are running the scanner on a Wordpress project or other popular platform use

flag to have check with less false positive but this could miss some dangerous exploits like


On programmatically silent mode and auto skip are automatically enabled.

use AMWScan\Scanner;

$app = new Scanner(); $report = $app->setPathScan("my/path/to/scan") ->enableBackups() ->setPathBackups("/my/path/backups") ->enableLiteMode() ->setAutoClean() ->run();

Report Object
object(stdClass) (7) {
  ["scanned"]    => int(0)
  ["detected"]   => int(0)
  ["removed"]    => array(0) {}
  ["ignored"]    => array(0) {}
  ["edited"]     => array(0) {}
  ["quarantine"] => array(0) {}
  ["whitelist"]  => array(0) {}

:art: Screenshots


HTML report format (


Screen Report

Interactive CLI

Screen Full

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