OUI (MAC address) lookup script

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Every networking device contains a MAC address, in general these MAC addresses should be unique for each networking device (not taking into account spoofing at this moment). Each of these MAC addresses contains a OUI (Organizationally_Unique_Identifier) and each OUI that is used should refer to the company making the networking device.


While there are various places where you can lookup OUIs I couldn’t find an easy command line tool for this. So, to enable easier lookups of these OUIs I wrote a small Perl script, the script is made to be used on a BackTrack 4 installation, however it should work on other systems as well.

The script uses the OUI file which comes with the aircrack-ng suite. On BackTrack 4 this file is located at /usr/local/etc/aircrack-ng/airodump-ng-oui.txt, this variable ($ouifile) can be adjusted in the beginning of the script.

The script:

#!/usr/bin/env perl
# MAC address OUI checker
# Thijs (Thice) Bosschert
# http://www.thice.nl
# v0.4 25-06-2010

$ouifile = "/usr/local/etc/aircrack-ng/airodump-ng-oui.txt";

# Print header
print "\n  MAC address OUI checker v0.4\n".
        "  by Thijs (Thice) Bosschert\n\n";

# Check if argument has been given
if (!$ARGV[0]) {

# Removing seperators from MAC address and uppercase chars
my $OUI = uc($ARGV[0]);
$OUI =~ s/[^0-9A-F]//g;

# Get OUI from MAC
if ($OUI =~ /^([0-9A-F]{6})/) {
        $OUI = $1;
        print "  Checking OUI: ".$OUI."\n";
} else {

# Open OUI file from aircrack-ng
open(my $fh, "<", $ouifile) || die "  Error: Can not access OUI file: $ouifile";
while (<$fh>) {
        ($checkoui,$company) = split(/\(hex\)/,$_);
        $checkoui =~ s/[-|\s]//g;
        # Check if OUI can be found in the list
        if ($OUI eq $checkoui) {
                $company =~ s/\t//g;
                # Output found OUI
                print "  Found OUI: ".$OUI." - ".$company."\n\n";

# Show if OUI was not found
print "  Could not find OUI: ".$OUI."\n\n";

# Error messages
sub fatal_error {

        print "  Error: No MAC address or OUI specified or could not recognize it.\n";
        if ($0 =~ /^\/bin\/(.*)/) {
                print "  Usage: $1 \n";
        } else {
                print "  Usage: perl $0 \n";
        print "  MAC can be submitted as:\n".
                "                001122334455\n".
                "                00:11:22:33:44:55\n".
                "                00-11-22-33-44-55\n".
                "        OUI can be submitted as:\n".
                "                001122\n".
                "                00:11:22\n".
                "                00-11-22\n\n";

To have easier access to the script, you can install the script to the bin directory by the following two commands (as root or sudo):

cp OUI_lookup.pl /bin/OUI_lookup
chmod +x /bin/OUI_lookup

Some example outputs of the script:

thice@bt:~$ OUI_lookup

  MAC address OUI checker v0.4
  by Thijs (Thice) Bosschert

  Error: No MAC address or OUI specified or could not recognize it.
         Usage: OUI_lookup
         MAC can be submitted as:
         OUI can be submitted as:
thice@bt:~$ OUI_lookup 001122

  MAC address OUI checker v0.4
  by Thijs (Thice) Bosschert

  Checking OUI: 001122
  Found OUI: 001122 - CIMSYS Inc
thice@bt:~$ OUI_lookup 22-33-44

  MAC address OUI checker v0.3
  by Thijs (Thice) Bosschert

  Checking OUI: 223344
  Could not find OUI: 223344
thice@bt:~$ OUI_lookup 00:11:00:22:00:33

  MAC address OUI checker v0.3
  by Thijs (Thice) Bosschert

  Checking OUI: 001100
  Found OUI: 001100 - Schneider Electric

To update the aircrack-ng OUI file you can run the command “airodump-ng-oui-update”

root@bt:~# airodump-ng-oui-update
[*] Downloading IEEE OUI file...
[*] Parsing OUI file...
[*] Airodump-ng OUI file successfully updated

Any feedback on this script is much appreciated, the script can be used and adjusted by anyone, as long as a reference to this site (Thice.nl) is included.

I hereby would like to thank user Gitsnik of the BackTrack Forums for providing me feedback and some improvements to my code.


  • trevelyn

    Hey, I have been surfin around looking at wireless stuff, as I am taking my OSWP in less than 1 hour from now, and saw this on twitter. I have made one of these before, that pulled the data from the ieee site for OUI, which took a long time. I found that if I saved the file locally (which airodump-ng-oui-update does now) then called “cat” from Perl it’s actually faster than what Perl uses to read the file. Simply slurp the lines into an array and call foreach on the array, you see it’s much faster as cat is coded in C with no top level interpreter. Rather than do “open FLE || die; while () { stuff.. }” try this:
    my @lines = `cat /usr/local/etc/aircrack-ng/airodump-ng-oui.txt`;
    foreach (@lines) { stuff… }

    🙂 Congrats on your OSWP!

  • admin

    Thank you, I saw you made the OSWP exam as well, congrats to you too!

    While a `cat` might be faster I personally rather don’t use shell commands like that in this Perl script. And my script is quite fast already, there is no waiting for the answer, it comes up right away.

  • The Dude

    Hey, a perl script from a guy that said that perl is for old men?
    Anyway, nice, Thice 🙂

  • Thice

    @The Dude
    I never said Perl was for old men, Perl is for lazy men 😛

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