BetterBackdoor - A backdoor with a multitude of features


Typically, backdoor utilities such as NetCat have 2 main functions: to pipe remote input into cmd or bash and output the response. This is useful, but it is also limited. BetterBackdoor overcomes these limitations by including the ability to inject keystrokes, get screenshots, transfer files, and many other tasks.


BetterBackdoor can create and control a backdoor.

This created backdoor can:

  • Run Command Prompt commands
  • Run PowerShell scripts
  • Run DuckyScripts to inject keystrokes
  • Exfiltrate files based on extension
  • Exfiltrate Microsoft Edge and WiFi passwords
  • Send and receive files to and from victim's computer
  • Start a KeyLogger
  • Get a screenshot of victim's computer
  • Get text copied to victim's clipboard
  • Get contents from a victim's file (cat)

This backdoor uses a client and server socket connection to communicate. The attacker starts a server and the victim connects to this server as a client. Once a connection is established, commands can be sent to the client in order to control the backdoor.

To create the backdoor, BetterBackdoor:

  • Creates 'run.jar', the backdoor jar file, and copied it to directory 'backdoor'.
  • Appends a text file containing the server's IPv4 address to 'run.jar'.
  • If desired, copies a Java Runtime Environment to 'backdoor' and creates batch file 'run.bat' for running the backdoor in the packaged Java Runtime Environment.

To start the backdoor on a victim PC, transfer all files from the directory 'backdoor' onto a victim PC. If a JRE is packaged with the backdoor, execute run.bat, otherwise execute run.jar. This will start the backdoor on the victim's PC. Once running, to control the backdoor you must return to BetterBackdoor and run option 1 at start while connected to the same WiFi network as the victim's computer.



  • A Java JDK distribution >=8 must be installed and added to PATH.
  • You must use the same computer to create and control the backdoor.
    • The computer used to create the backdoor must be on the same WiFi network as the victim's computer.
    • The IPv4 address of this computer must remain static in the time between creating the backdoor and controlling it.
  • The computer used to control the backdoor must have their firewall deactivated, and if the computer has a Unix OS, must run BetterBackdoor as 'sudo'.


BetterBackdoor is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, while the backdoor is only compatible with Windows.


# clone BetterBackdoor
git clone

# change the working directory to BetterBackdoor
cd BetterBackdoor

# build BetterBackdoor with Maven
# for Windows run
mvnw.cmd clean package

# for Linux run
chmod +x mvnw
./mvnw clean package

# for Mac run
sh mvnw clean package


java -jar betterbackdoor.jar


  • MIT
  • Copyright 2019 ©️ ThatcherDev.

Main page:

January 4, 2020


Hakin9 TEAM
Hakin9 is a monthly magazine dedicated to hacking and cybersecurity. In every edition, we try to focus on different approaches to show various techniques - defensive and offensive. This knowledge will help you understand how most popular attacks are performed and how to protect your data from them. Our tutorials, case studies and online courses will prepare you for the upcoming, potential threats in the cyber security world. We collaborate with many individuals and universities and public institutions, but also with companies such as Xento Systems, CATO Networks, EY, CIPHER Intelligence LAB, redBorder, TSG, and others.
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
© HAKIN9 MEDIA SP. Z O.O. SP. K. 2023