Rustcat – Alternative Netcat


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



wget https://github.com/robiot/rustcat/releases/latest/download/rustcat_amd64.deb
sudo apt install ./rustcat_amd64.deb


git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/rustcat.git
cd rustcat
makepkg -si

Or with yay:

yay -S rustcat

Other Distributions

To install from crates.io:

cargo install rustcat

To install the latest github release without compiling yourself:

bash <(curl -s https://raw.githubusercontent.com/robiot/rustcat/main/install.sh)

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

Compiling yourself

To compile yourself

  1. Download the source
  2. 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

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