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Short Description
Cameradar hacks its way into RTSP CCTV cameras
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An RTSP stream access tool that comes with its library

Cameradar allows you to

  • Detect open RTSP hosts on any accessible target host
  • Detect which device model is streaming
  • Launch automated dictionary attacks to get their stream route (e.g.: /live.sdp)
  • Launch automated dictionary attacks to get the username and password of the cameras
  • Retrieve a complete and user-friendly report of the results

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Docker Image for Cameraccess

Install docker on your machine, and run the following command:

docker run -t ullaakut/cameradar -t <target> <other command-line options>

See command-line options.

e.g.: docker run -t ullaakut/cameradar -t -l will scan the ports 554 and 8554 of hosts on the subnetwork and attack the discovered RTSP streams and will output debug logs.

  • YOUR_TARGET can be a subnet (e.g.:, an IP (e.g.:, or a range of IPs (e.g.:
  • If you want to get the precise results of the nmap scan in the form of an XML file, you can add -v /your/path:/tmp/cameradar_scan.xml to the docker run command, before ullaakut/cameradar.
  • If you use the -r and -c options to specify your


Dependencies of the library

  • curl-dev / libcurl (depending on your OS)
  • nmap

Installing the library

go get

After this command, the cameradar library is ready to use. Its source will be in:


You can use go get -u to update the package.

Here is an overview of the exposed functions of this library:


You can use the cameradar library for simple discovery purposes if you don't need to access the cameras but just to be aware of their existence.

This describes the nmap time presets. You can pass a value between 1 and 5 as described in this table, to the NmapRun function.


If you already know which hosts and ports you want to attack, you can also skip the discovery part and use directly the attack functions. The attack functions also take a timeout value as a parameter.

Data models

Here are the different data models useful to use the exposed functions of the cameradar library.

Dictionary loaders

The cameradar library also provides two functions that take file paths as inputs and return the appropriate data models filled.


The RTSP port used for most cameras is 554, so you should probably specify 554 as one of the ports you scan. Not specifying any ports to the cameraccess application will scan the 554 and 8554 ports.

docker run -t ullaakut/cameradar -p "18554,19000-19010" -t localhost will scan the ports 18554, and the range of ports between 19000 and 19010 on localhost.

You can use your own files for the ids and routes dictionaries used to attack the cameras, but the Cameradar repository already gives you a good base that works with most cameras, in the /dictionaries folder.

docker run -t -v /my/folder/with/dictionaries:/tmp/dictionaries \
           ullaakut/cameradar \
           -r "/tmp/dictionaries/my_routes" \
           -c "/tmp/dictionaries/my_credentials.json" \

This will put the contents of your folder containing dictionaries in the docker image and will use it for the dictionary attack instead of the default dictionaries provided in the cameradar repo.

Check camera access

If you have VLC Media Player, you should be able to use the GUI or the command-line to connect to the RTSP stream using this format : rtsp://username:password@address:port/route

With the above result, the RTSP URL would be rtsp://admin:12345@

Command line options

  • "-t, --target": Set custom target. Required.
  • "-p, --ports": (Default: 554,8554) Set custom ports.
  • "-s, --speed": (Default: 4) Set custom nmap discovery presets to improve speed or accuracy. It's recommended to lower it if you are attempting to scan an unstable and slow network, or to increase it if on a very performant and reliable network. See this for more info on the nmap timing templates.
  • "-T, --timeout": (Default: 1000) Set custom timeout value in miliseconds after which an attack attempt without an answer should give up.
  • "-r, --custom-routes": (Default: dictionaries/routes) Set custom dictionary path for routes
  • "-c, --custom-credentials": (Default: dictionaries/credentials.json) Set custom dictionary path for credentials
  • "-o, --nmap-output": (Default: /tmp/cameradar_scan.xml) Set custom nmap output path
  • "-l, --log": Enable debug logs (nmap requests, curl describe requests, etc.)
  • "-h" : Display the usage information


See the contribution document to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cameradar does not detect any camera!

That means that either your cameras are not streaming in RTSP or that they are not on the target you are scanning. In most cases, CCTV cameras will be on a private subnetwork, isolated from the internet. Use the -t option to specify your target.

Cameradar detects my cameras, but does not manage to access them at all!

Maybe your cameras have been configured and the credentials / URL have been changed. Cameradar only guesses using default constructor values if a custom dictionary is not provided. You can use your own dictionaries in which you just have to add your credentials and RTSP routes. To do that, see how the configuration works. Also, maybe your camera's credentials are not yet known, in which case if you find them it would be very nice to add them to the Cameradar dictionaries to help other people in the future.

What happened to the C++ version?

You can still find it under the 1.1.4 tag on this repo, however it was less performant and stable than the current version written in Golang.

How to use the Cameradar library for my own project?

See the cameraccess example. You just need to run go get and to use the cmrdr package in your code.

I want to scan my own localhost for some reason and it does not work! What's going on?

Use the --net=host flag when launching the cameradar image, or use the binary by running go run cameraccess/main.go.

I don't see a colored output :(

You forgot the -t flag before ullaakut/cameradar in your command-line. This tells docker to allocate a pseudo-tty for cameradar, which makes it able to use colors.

Known issues

  • When running Cameraccess in a docker container, specifying multiple targets does not work. Using subnetworks (such as or ranges ( works.
  • There is currently no way to use environment variables instead of command-line arguments in Cameradar. This will be done at some point, but isn't a priority right now.


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