nmap gives error while scanning a URL with IP:

nmap http:\\X.X.X.X\sample


Nmap done: 0 IP addresses (0 hosts up) scanned in 0.24 seconds

Unable to split netmask from target expression:..

is there a specific syntax for this ?


1 Answer 1


nmap scans IP addresses. It does not scan URLs. You can run:

nmap X.X.X.X

instead, where X.X.X.X is the IP address (or domain name).

Besides that, http:\\X.X.X.X\sample is not a URL, because it has backslashes instead of forward slashes.

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