A Comparison of Open-Source Phishing Tools

Are you a Security or IT Professional looking to protect your business? Don't get stuck using a legacy approach to solve modern problems. Let's look at how commercial tools compare to open-source phishing tools and decide what best suits your needs.

Getting bogged down with open-source phishing tools?

You may need to consider the benefits and downsides of open-source phishing simulation tools to see if they best meet your business needs and objectives. In this comparison we'll analyse two tools, one open-source and the other commercial.

  • Time Efficiency
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Support Availability
  • Features Analysis
Phishing Simulation Tools CanIPhish Proprietary GoPhish Open-Source
Perpetual Free Tier
SaaS Deployment
On-Premise Deployment
Open-Source Codebase Limited
Managed Mail Servers
Managed Phishing Websites
Configurable Infrastructure
Training Modules
Domain Scanning Tools
Campaign Scheduling Limited
Email Template Editor
Phishing Email Library
Phishing Website Library
Sender Domain Spoofing
Executive Reporting Limited
Support & Security
Azure AD & Google Workspace Integration
Office 365 & Google Workspace Report Phish Add-ons
Long-term Platform Support Limited
Ticket, Chat, Email and Phone Support
Comprehensive Knowledge Base Limited
Configurable Cloud Data Storage
Configurable Multi-Factor Authentication
SOC 2 Compliant Phishing Simulations
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Why CanIPhish

Do more with a modern solution

Training Modules

Fully self-service. From sign-up to delivery to user education.

Run phishing simulations under a perpetual free tier subscription. Or flexibly upgrade and downgrade plans at your own convenience.

  • Sign-up for free, with no trial periods.
  • No credit cards or sales calls are necessary.
  • No commitments necessary, only upsides.
Sign-up Free

Advanced real-time campaign tracking and reporting

See which users are vulnerable to phishing, view historic campaigns and track your phish click trend over the past 12 months.

  • Track campaigns in real-time
  • Schedule daily, weekly or monthly reports
  • Compare historic trends with active campaigns

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Phishing libraries that update with the latest trends

We help you to train your users to detect the most advanced threats by blending vulnerabilities, exploits and phishing material into live simulations.

  • Benefit from constantly updating phishing libraries.
  • Interactive onboarding and setup experience.
  • Phish employees in multiple languages.
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Understanding Open-Source

Leverage a community of developers to help train your employees.

Open-Source Phishing Tool Download
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What are the benefits of open-source?

  • They're free! Open-source phishing tools such as GoPhish are maintained by a community of developers.
  • A viable alternative. Opens-source developers maintain these projects with the goal of providing organisations with a free alternative.
  • Maintain complete control. View source-code, use your own infrastructure and host the tool in a way that suits your needs best.
  • It's a learning experience. Getting an open-source phishing simulator is often viewed as a good learning experience for penetration testers and red-teamers.

What are the downsides of open-source?

  • You may not get value for money. While open-source tools don't have a direct financial cost, they're time intensive to setup and require upfront investment to host the necessary infrastructure.
  • A significant commitment is needed. open-source phishing tools typically don't come with any phishing content. It's on you as the consumer to develop and maintain your own material.
  • There is no guaranteed support. The nature of using open-source is that you're leveraging a community of developers providing their time for free. In many cases, they'll fix bugs but there is no guarantee on new functionality or fix timelines.

Open-Source Phishing Tool Issues
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