How to Install Hydra on Windows with Cygwin

By Jane Buchanan

Hydra is a free application that lets users check for password vulnerabilities on servers or desktop computers. While Hydra is a Linux application, you can install it on a Windows system by using Cygwin, a Linux emulator for Windows. Installing Hydra on a Windows computer running Cygwin requires you to download the installation package and then unpack it and register its files by using specific terminal commands.

Step 1

Launch the Cygwin application on your Windows system. Download it from and install it on your computer if you have not already done so.

Step 2

Open your Internet browser in Cygwin and visit Click on the download link for the latest version of Hydra and save the TGZ file on your hard drive.

Step 3

Open the X terminal application within Cygwin and navigate to the folder where you saved the TGZ file by using the "cd" command.

Step 4

Enter the following command in the terminal window to unpack the TGZ archive:$ tar tgzfilenameReplace "tgzfilename" with the actual name of the TGZ file you previously downloaded.

Step 5

Type the next three commands in the terminal window to finish installing Hydra:$ ./configure$ make$ make installPress the "Enter" key after typing each command.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using Hydra to attempt to gain access to third-party networks or systems is illegal. Use this tool only on your own network for testing or educational purposes.