DataSurgeon (ds) is a versatile tool designed for incident response, penetration testing, and CTF challenges. It allows for the extraction of various types of sensitive information including emails, phone numbers, hashes, credit cards, URLs, IP addresses, MAC addresses, SRV DNS records and a lot more!

  • Supports Windows, Linux and MacOS

Extraction Features

  • Emails
  • Files
  • Phone numbers
  • Credit Cards
  • Google API Private Key ID’s
  • Social Security Numbers
  • AWS Keys
  • Bitcoin wallets
  • URL’s
  • IPv4 Addresses and IPv6 addresses
  • MAC Addresses
  • SRV DNS Records
  • Extract Hashes
    • MD4 & MD5
    • SHA-1, SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512
    • SHA-3 224, SHA-3 256, SHA-3 384, SHA-3 512
    • MySQL 323, MySQL 41
    • NTLM
    • bcrypt

Want more?

Please read the contributing guidelines here

Quick Install

Video Guide

Install Rust and Github


wget -O - | bash


Enter the line below in an elevated powershell window.

IEX (New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString("")

Relaunch your terminal and you will be able to use ds from the command line.


curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf | sh

Command Line Arguments

Video Guide


Extracting Files From a Remote Webiste

Here I use wget to make a request to stackoverflow then I forward the body text to ds . The -F option will list all files found. --clean is used to remove any extra text that might have been returned (such as extra html). Then the result of is sent to uniq which removes any non unique files found. Ig you wanted you can remove the warning message at the top ‘Reading standard input..’ by using -S.

$ wget -qO - | ds -F --clean | uniq

Extracting Mac Addresses From an Output File

Here I am pulling all mac addresses found in autodeauth’s log file using the -m query. The --hide option will hide the identifer string infront of the results. In this case ‘mac_address: ‘ is hidden from the output. The -T option is used to check the same line multiple times for matches. Normallly when a match is found the tool moves on to the next line rather then checking again.

$ ./ds -m -T --hide -f /var/log/autodeauth/log     
2023-02-26 00:28:19 - Sending 500 deauth frames to network: BC:2E:48:E5:DE:FF -- PrivateNetwork
2023-02-26 00:35:22 - Sending 500 deauth frames to network: 90:58:51:1C:C9:E1 -- TestNet

Reading all files in a directory

The line below will will read all files in the current directory recursively. The -D option is used to display the filename (-f is required for the filename to display) and -e used to search for emails.

$ find . -type f -exec ds -f {} -CDe \;

CSV Output

To output your results to a CSV file, use the -o option followed by the name of the file you want to save your data to. The -D and -X are supported. The format is: ds -o <FILENAME>.csv (.csv is needed).

 $ wget -qO - | ds -o output.csv -C

Speed Tests

When no specific query is provided, ds will search through all possible types of data, which is SIGNIFICANTLY slower than using individual queries. The slowest query is --files. Its also slightly faster to use cat to pipe the data to ds.

Below is the elapsed time when processing a 5GB test file generated by ds-test. Each test was ran 3 times and the average time was recorded.

Computer Specs

Processor	Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-10400F CPU @ 2.90GHz, 2904 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 12 Logical Processor(s)
Ram         12.0 GB (11.9 GB usable)

Searching all data types

cat test.txt | ds -t00h:02m:04s
ds -t -f test.txt00h:02m:05s
cat test.txt | ds -t -o output.txt00h:02m:06s

Using specific queries

CommandSpeedQuery Count
cat test.txt | ds -t -600h:00m:12s1
cat test.txt | ds -t -i -m00h:00m:222
cat test.txt | ds -tF6c00h:00m:32s3

Recent Updates

3/10/2023 | 1.0.7

  • Updated the AWS regex (issue here)

3/9/2023 | 1.0.6

  • Added support for CSV output (e.g ds -o output.csv -f test.txt)

3/7/2023 | 1.0.5

  • Added -S / –suppress options to remove ‘[*] Reading standard input. If you meant to analyze a file use ‘ds -f ‘ (ctrl+c to exit)’ message

Project Goals

  • JSON output
  • Untar/unzip and a directorty searching mode
  • Base64 Detection and decoding

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