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Incredibly fast crawler designed for OSINT.

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Incredibly fast crawler designed for OSINT.



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Key Features

Data Extraction

Photon can extract the following data while crawling:

  • URLs (in-scope & out-of-scope)
  • URLs with parameters (
  • Intel (emails, social media accounts, amazon buckets etc.)
  • Files (pdf, png, xml etc.)
  • Secret keys (auth/API keys & hashes)
  • JavaScript files & Endpoints present in them
  • Strings matching custom regex pattern
  • Subdomains & DNS related data

The extracted information is saved in an organized manner or can be exported as json.

save demo


Control timeout, delay, add seeds, exclude URLs matching a regex pattern and other cool stuff. The extensive range of options provided by Photon lets you crawl the web exactly the way you want.


Photon's smart thread management & refined logic gives you top notch performance.

Still, crawling can be resource intensive but Photon has some tricks up it's sleeves. You can fetch URLs archived by to be used as seeds by using




Photon can be launched using a lightweight Python-Alpine (103 MB) Docker image.

$ git clone
$ cd Photon
$ docker build -t photon .
$ docker run -it --name photon photon:latest -u

To view results, you can either head over to the local docker volume, which you can find by running

docker inspect photon
or by mounting the target loot folder:
$ docker run -it --name photon -v "$PWD:/Photon/" photon:latest -u

Frequent & Seamless Updates

Photon is under heavy development and updates for fixing bugs. optimizing performance & new features are being rolled regularly.

If you would like to see features and issues that are being worked on, you can do that on Development project board.

Updates can be installed & checked for with the

option. Photon has seamless update capabilities which means you can update Photon without losing any of your saved data.

Contribution & License

You can contribute in following ways:

  • Report bugs
  • Develop plugins
  • Add more "APIs" for ninja mode
  • Give suggestions to make it better
  • Fix issues & submit a pull request

Please read the guidelines before submitting a pull request or issue.

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Photon is licensed under GPL v3.0 license

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