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How to Install and Run UserRecon Tool?

Last Updated : 05 Oct, 2021
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UserRecon tool is used to find usernames across over 75 social networks. It is very useful when you are running an investigation to determine the usage of the same username across different social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, MySpace, Youtube, Reddit, WordPress, GitHub, and many more. With the push of a button, an OSINT investigator will be able to find whether the same username exists on different social media networks. It is a very convenient and easy-to-use tool.


Step 1: Open your terminal and type the following command.

git clone

Step 2: After cloning the tool, change the directory to UserRecon.

cd userrecon
How to Install use and Run UserRecon Tool.

Fig 1: UserRecon cloned and directory changed to UserRecon.

Step 3: Now list all hidden files using ls -la command in your terminal.

ls -la

Step 4: Change the permission of

chmod +x

Step 5: After changing the permission of, run the tool by the following command.

How to Install use and Run UserRecon Tool.

Fig 2: UserRecon up and running.


After running the tool by the command, ./, you will see a screen similar to the one shown above. Now just type in the username you want to search and see the magic happens.

How to Install use and Run UserRecon Tool.

Fig 3: Searching username ‘Talha’.

As we can see, UserRecon is searching the username ‘Talha’ on all 75 sites and returning the link if it exists. All this data gets stored in Talha.txt file.

It can be accessed in any text editor. Suppose, we want to open it in vi editors, the command will be:

vi Talha.txt

Fig 4: Talha.txt file opened in vi editor.

We can open any of the links to see the profile on that social media network. To exit from vi editors, press shift + ZQ. As we can see from the above operations UserRecon can be a very useful and time-saving tool if someone wants to search for a username on social medial networks.

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