Rustcat : Netcat Alternative

Rustcat is a port listener that can be used for different purposes.
It is basically like netcat but with fewer options.

Why Use Rustcat?

  • Serves it purpose of listening to ports
  • Has command history
  • It is easy to use
  • Supports udp
  • Uses colors



sudo apt install ./rustcat_amd64.deb


git clone
cd rustcat
makepkg -si

Or with yay:

yay -S rustcat

Other Distributions

To install from

cargo install rustcat

To install the latest github release without compiling yourself:

bash <(curl -s

If you want it on windows you need to remove everything related to termion and rustyline from the source

Compiling yourself

To compile yourself

  • Download the source
  • Cd into the dir and run…

cargo build –release


rc [options] [destination] [port]

Usage Examples

Help :

rc –help

Listen to port 55660 on localhost :

rc -lp 55660

Listen to port 55660 on localhost with command history :

rc -lpH 55660

Listen to port 55660 on localhost udp :

rc -lpu 55660

Listen to port 55660 on specified ip ( :

rc -l 55660