Urlhunter : A Recon Tool That Allows Searching On URLs That Are Exposed Via Shortener Services

Urlhunter is a recon tool that allows searching on URLs that are exposed via shortener services such as and The project is written in Go.


A group named URLTeam (kudos to them) are brute forcing the URL shortener services and publishing matched results on a daily basis. urlhunter downloads their collections and lets you analyze them.


  • From Binary

You can download the pre-built binaries from the releases page and run. For example:

tar xzvf urlhunter_0.1.0_Linux_amd64.tar.gz
./urlhunter --help

  • From Source
  1. Install Go on your system
  2. Run: go get -u

Note For The Windows Users: urlhunter uses XZ Utils which is pre-installed on Linux and macOS systems. For Windows systems, you need to download it from


  • urlhunter requires 3 parameters to run: -keywords, -date and -o.
  • For example: urlhunter -keywords keywords.txt -date 2020-11-20 -o out.txt
  • -keywords
    • You need to specify the txt file that contains keywords to search on URLs. Keywords must be written line by line. You have three different ways to specify keywords:
    • Single Keyword: urlhunter will search the given keyword as a substring. For example:
      • keyword will both match and
    • Multiple Keywords: urlhunter will search the given keywords with an AND logic. Which means, a URL must include all the provided keywords. Keywords must be separated with , character. For example:
      •,admin will match but won’t match
    • Regex Values: urlhunter will search for the given regex value. In the keyword file, the line that contains a regular expression formula must start with regex string. The format is: regex REGEXFORMULA. For example:
      • regex 1\d{10} will match but won’t match
  • -date
    • urlhunter downloads the archive files of the given date(s). You have three different ways to specify the date:
    • Latest: urlhunter will download the latest archive. -date latest
    • Single Date: urlhunter will download the archive of the given date. Date format is YYYY-MM-DD.
      • For example: -date 2020-11-20
    • Date Range: urlhunter will download all the archives between given start and end dates.
      • For example: -date 2020-11-10:2020-11-20
  • -o
    • You can specify the output file with -o parameter. For example -o out.txt

Demonstration Video

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