Pinecone is a WLAN networks auditing tool, suitable for red team usage. It is extensible via modules, and it is designed to be run in Debian-based operating systems. Pinecone is specially oriented to be used with a Raspberry Pi, as a portable wireless auditing box.

This tool is designed for educational and research purposes only. Only use it with explicit permission.


For running Pinecone, you need a Debian-based operating system (it has been tested on Raspbian, Raspberry Pi Desktop and Kali Linux). Pinecone has the following requirements:

  • Python 3.5+. Your distribution probably comes with Python3 already installed, if not it can be installed using apt-get install python3.
  • dnsmasq (tested with version 2.76). Can be installed using apt-get install dnsmasq.
  • hostapd-wpe (tested with version 2.6). Can be installed using apt-get install hostapd-wpe. If your distribution repository does not have a hostapd-wpe package, you can either try to install it using a Kali Linux repository pre-compiled package, or compile it from its source code.

After installing the necessary packages, you can install the Python packages requirements for Pinecone using pip3 install -r requirements.txt in the project root folder.


For starting Pinecone, execute python3 from within the project root folder:

root@kali:~/pinecone# python
[i] Database file: ~/pinecone/db/database.sqlite
pinecone >

Pinecone is controlled via a Metasploit-like command-line interface. You can type help to get the list of available commands, or help 'command' to get more information about a specific command:

pinecone > help
Documented commands (type help ):
alias help load pyscript set shortcuts use
edit history py quit shell unalias
Undocumented commands:
back run stop
pinecone > help use
Usage: use module [-h]
Interact with the specified module.
positional arguments: module module ID
optional arguments:
-h, –help show this help message and exit

Use the command use 'moduleID' to activate a Pinecone module. You can use Tab auto-completion to see the list of current loaded modules:

pinecone > use
attack/deauth daemon/hostapd-wpe report/db2json scripts/infrastructure/ap
daemon/dnsmasq discovery/recon scripts/attack/wpa_handshake
pinecone > use discovery/recon
pcn module(discovery/recon) >

Every module has options, that can be seen typing help run or run --help when a module is activated. Most modules have default values for their options (check them before running):

pcn module(discovery/recon) > help run
usage: run [-h] [-i INTERFACE]
optional arguments:
-h, –help show this help message and exit
monitor mode capable WLAN interface (default: wlan0)

When a module is activated, you can use the run [options...] command to start its functionality. The modules provide feedback of their execution state:

pcn script(attack/wpa_handshake) > run -s TEST_SSID
[i] Sending 64 deauth frames to all clients from AP 00:11:22:33:44:55 on channel 1…
Sent 64 packets.
[i] Monitoring for 10 secs on channel 1 WPA handshakes between all clients and AP 00:11:22:33:44:55…