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What is OSINT?

Open source intelligence (“OSINT”) is intelligence derived from open sources. Intelligence refers to raw information that has been analyzed or contextualized. Open source refers to information that virtually anyone can access, usually over the internet.

OSINT’s definition is often extended to other forms of information/data, which may be publicly available and “free”, but which require something like registering with an email in order to obtain it.

What is MetaOSINT?

MetaOSINT is a free and openly available aggregation of "top" tools & resources intended to help jumpstart OSINT investigations. MetaOSINT was built by a former OSINT analyst & investigator to help answer questions like "I wonder if there’s a way to find __ specific piece of information online?"

By compiling and prioritizing among thousands of tools and resources, MetaOSINT seeks to help OSINT practitioners intuitively surface the most relevant resources much more quickly. MetaOSINT was published in June 2021 and received major updates around its first anniversary.

It's like OSINT on OSINT - so meta!


MetaOSINT now invites contributions from the community! Thank you for helping expand this resource. If you have a great OSINT tool or site that isn't included yet, please submit the details via this form:


MetaOSINT v2 contains resources from three source buckets, which vary in confidence level and potential bias:

Inspiration & Acknowledgments

Praise for MetaOSINT

Here are over 4000 #OSINT resources 👀. What a goldmine!

Use responsibly.

— SpiderFoot (@spiderfoot) May 23, 2022

With only minutes to spare, but a nice cup of coffee in my hand while I press the "schedule" button, I present to you another Week in #OSINT!

H/T: @lautyb @Os2Int @IntelScott @kirbstr @Gralhix @offtopicvideos @osintbear

— 𝕊𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕠𝕣𝟘𝟛𝟝 (@Sector035) May 30, 2022

This collection of #OSINT tools from @IntelScott is ace, thanks for creating this!

— Nick (@isitborked) May 27, 2022

[#DailyOSINT - Day#140] This guy @IntelScott did what we all have wanted to do for a long time. Seriously, this site alone worths 5k #OSINT tweets. He has created a MASSIVE(!) list of OSINT tools combining already existent OSINT lists. Well done my friend!

— White Hat Inspector (@WHInspector) June 20, 2021

🕵️ Collection of 4000+ OSINT resources

🔗 #redteam #Pentesting #bugbounty #infosec #cybersecurity

— payloadartist (@payloadartist) May 26, 2022