How to Install Nmap on Ubuntu

October 7, 2019


Nmap is a powerful network discovery and security auditing utility that is free, open-source, and easy to install. Nmap scans for vulnerabilities on your network, performs inventory checks, and monitors host or service uptime, alongside many other useful features.

This tutorial shows you how to install Nmap on Ubuntu in three simple steps.



  • Access to a terminal.
  • The apt package manager.
  • A user with sudo privileges.

Note: The steps in this guide are tested and working on Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and Ubuntu 22.04.

Step 1: Update Ubuntu Package List

Make sure the software packages on your Ubuntu system are up-to-date with the command:

sudo apt-get update

The system updates the package lists and confirms that the action is complete.

updating the ubuntu repository using apt-get update

Step 2: Install Nmap

To install NMAP on Ubuntu, run the command:

sudo apt-get install nmap

The system prompts you to confirm and continue by typing y and pressing Enter.

example of installing nmap on Ubuntu command

After confirming, the installation process continues.

Step 3: Verify Nmap Version Installed

Verify the installation was successful and determine the current Nmap version:

nmap --version

The output shows detailed information about Nmap. In this example, the version installed on Ubuntu is 7.60.

checking version of nmap installed

Note: Nmap has many options available for scanning scan remote systems. Explore the most common Nmap commands.


You now know how to install and use Nmap on Ubuntu. Nmap is a versatile and powerful scanning tool easy to install.

Explore the options it has to offer and use it to discover network vulnerabilities and improve your system’s security settings.

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Vladimir Kaplarevic
Vladimir is a resident Tech Writer at phoenixNAP. He has more than 7 years of experience in implementing e-commerce and online payment solutions with various global IT services providers. His articles aim to instill a passion for innovative technologies in others by providing practical advice and using an engaging writing style.
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