Social Mapper -- Find Social Media Profiles Using a Photo Only

Previously, we have talked about how to find social media by usernames using userrecon. But using that process we can't do a mass scan. But using Social Mapper we can don mass scan. Not only that the main function is we can find someone with the photo only. Yes, Social Mapper uses facial recognition to perform scan. Let's use the Social Mapper tool in our Kali Linux machine.

Social Mapper is a Python based open-source intelligence tool that correlates social media profiles via facial recognition.

Social Mapper in Kali Linux

Social Mapper collects data from many popular social media like
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Linkedln
  • Google plus
  • Twitter
  • VKontakte
It also can collect information from micro blogging websites like Weibo and Douban.

This tool uses names and photos as input to scan social media profiles of the people on mass scan.

Social Mapper is aimed at penetration testers and red teams, they can use it to expand their target lists and find social media profiles. Social Mapper is created by Jacob Wilkin. Jacob presents this tool on Black Hat USA 2018 and DEFCON 16 security conference.

Now we set up Social Mapper in our Kali Linux system. First we need to configure our system for Social Mapper. We need to install Gecodriver in /usr/bin. We can download Geckodriver's latest version for our Kali Linux 64 bit system from

we scrolled down to find Gecodriver
 After download it in our Downloads folder, we need to extract Geckodriver files, To do that we open our terminal and we go to Downloads directory by using following command:

cd Downloads

 Then we type following command to extract the tar.gz compressed file:

tar -xvzf geckodriver-vx.xx.x-linux32.tar.gz
Here x.xx.x is referring the downloaded version of Geckodriver. See the following screenshot:

de compressing gecodriver

Now we copy the Geckodriver folder to /usr/bin using following command:

cp geckodriver /usr/bin

coping geckodriver to /usr/bin

Geckodriver is copied, now we need to install some prerequisites to run Social Mapper. To do that we use following command:

apt install build-essential cmake libgtk-3-dev libboost-all-dev
The download and installation will depend on our internet speed and system performance.
The screenshot is following:

apt install build-essential cmake libgtk-3-dev libboost-all-dev

Now we go back to our root folder by using

cd #

Then we clone Social Mapper from it's GitHub repository by applying following command:

git clone
The screenshot is following:

social mapper download

Then we need to install some python modules from Social Mapper's requirements we do this using following command:

cd social_mapper/setup && python3 -m pip install -r requirements.txt
The screenshot is following:

requirements of social mapper

Now we are almost able to run Social Mapper. Then we go back to Social Mapper's directory using following command :

cd ..

We can check the help option by using

python3 -h
The help menu is following:

help menu of social mapper

Social Mapper requires one account of social media to search across social media platforms, like if we want to search a photo on Facebook and Twitter we need to give our Facebook and Twitters username and password. Here for our safety we shouldn't give our own social media account's credentials. We should open fake account on social media to safer use of Social Mapper.
We can add our username and password in file. To do we open the file in any text editor (we are using leafpad here).

 The screenshot of the command is following:

Then we need to scroll down and stop here as following screenshot:

giving crediantials
Credentials in plain text

Here we need to provide our username and password. Then we just save and close the text editor.

Then we open the Social Mapper folder in file manager and navigate to
Input-Examples > imagefolder as shown below


Here we can see some examples. We can add target's photo in this folder to perform a scan. Here we have added.

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Then we type following command to perform a fast scan on Facebook:

python3 -f imagefolder -i /root/social_mapper/Input-Examples/imagefolder -m fast -fb
The screenshot is following:

social mapper

Here we can see the links of the profiles matched and also the results are saved in a csv and html file. We can open the html file in firefox web browser.


Here can come some fake profile of our target because we have used fast scan, to perform a accurate scan on Facebook and Twitter both we use following command:

python3 -f imagefolder -i /root/social_mapper/Input-Examples/imagefolder -m accurate -fb -tw


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  2. Getting error while installing cmake

    1. Hi Sathish, Can you tell me the error please ?

    2. Bro pfb the error

      root@kali:~/Downloads# apt install build-essential cmake libgtk-3-dev libboost-all-dev
      Reading package lists... Done
      Building dependency tree
      Reading state information... Done
      Package cmake is not available, but is referred to by another package.
      This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
      is only available from another source

      E: Package 'cmake' has no installation candidate
      E: Unable to locate package libgtk-3-dev
      E: Unable to locate package libboost-all-dev

    3. It seems you need to update and upgrade your Kali Linux. Do it easily by
      sudo apt-get update
      then upgrade it by using
      sudo apt-get upgrade
      If the process not working then you need to change the repository of Kali Linux do it by just google.

    4. you should update system by
      apt-get update
      then you can install cmake by
      apt-get install cmake

    5. I try to update. It is showing as below

      Hit:1 unstable InRelease
      Reading package lists... Done
      Building dependency tree
      Reading state information... Done
      All packages are up to date.

      I am new to linux. Please help me.

    6. You are using wrong sources.list
      try following command

      leafpad /etc/apt/sources.list

      then delete all things from there and paste following

      deb kali-rolling main non-free contrib

      then save and close it.... then you need to update by following command

      apt-get update

      after updating do whatever you are doing... This may solve your problem

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    [-] Error Filling out Facebook Profiles [-]
    cmd=['Xvfb', '-help']
    OSError=[Errno 2] No such file or directory: 'Xvfb': 'Xvfb'
    Program install error!

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