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Prowler is an Open Source Security tool to perform Cloud Security best practices assessments, audits, incident response, continuous monitoring, hardening and forensics readiness. It contains hundreds of controls covering CIS, PCI-DSS, ISO27001, GDPR, HIPAA, FFIEC, SOC2, AWS FTR, ENS and custom security frameworks.

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Prowler is an Open Source security tool to perform AWS and Azure security best practices assessments, audits, incident response, continuous monitoring, hardening and forensics readiness.

It contains hundreds of controls covering CIS, PCI-DSS, ISO27001, GDPR, HIPAA, FFIEC, SOC2, AWS FTR, ENS and custom security frameworks.

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⚙️ Install

Pip package

Prowler is available as a project in PyPI, thus can be installed using pip with Python >= 3.9:

pip install prowler-cloud
prowler -v


The available versions of Prowler are the following:

  • latest: in sync with master branch (bear in mind that it is not a stable version)
  • <x.y.z> (release): you can find the releases here, those are stable releases.
  • stable: this tag always point to the latest release.

The container images are available here:

From Github

Python >= 3.9 is required with pip and pipenv:

git clone
cd prowler
pipenv shell
pipenv install
python -v

📖 Documentation

The full documentation now can be found at

📐✏️ High level architecture

You can run Prowler from your workstation, an EC2 instance, Fargate or any other container, Codebuild, CloudShell and Cloud9.


📝 Requirements

Prowler has been written in Python using the AWS SDK (Boto3) and Azure SDK.


Since Prowler uses AWS Credentials under the hood, you can follow any authentication method as described here. Make sure you have properly configured your AWS-CLI with a valid Access Key and Region or declare AWS variables properly (or instance profile/role):

aws configure



Those credentials must be associated to a user or role with proper permissions to do all checks. To make sure, add the following AWS managed policies to the user or role being used:

  • arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/SecurityAudit
  • arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/job-function/ViewOnlyAccess

Moreover, some read-only additional permissions are needed for several checks, make sure you attach also the custom policy prowler-additions-policy.json to the role you are using.

If you want Prowler to send findings to AWS Security Hub, make sure you also attach the custom policy prowler-security-hub.json.


Prowler for Azure supports the following authentication types:

  • Service principal authentication by environment variables (Enterprise Application)
  • Current az cli credentials stored
  • Interactive browser authentication
  • Managed identity authentication

Service Principal authentication

To allow Prowler assume the service principal identity to start the scan, it is needed to configure the following environment variables:


If you try to execute Prowler with the --sp-env-auth flag and those variables are empty or not exported, the execution is going to fail.

AZ CLI / Browser / Managed Identity authentication

The other three cases does not need additional configuration, --az-cli-auth and --managed-identity-auth are automated options, --browser-auth needs the user to authenticate using the default browser to start the scan.


To use each one, you need to pass the proper flag to the execution. Prowler for Azure handles two types of permission scopes, which are:

  • Azure Active Directory permissions: Used to retrieve metadata from the identity assumed by Prowler and future AAD checks (not mandatory to have access to execute the tool)
  • Subscription scope permissions: Required to launch the checks against your resources, mandatory to launch the tool.

Azure Active Directory scope

Azure Active Directory (AAD) permissions required by the tool are the following:

  • Directory.Read.All
  • Policy.Read.All

Subscriptions scope

Regarding the subscription scope, Prowler by default scans all the subscriptions that is able to list, so it is required to add the following RBAC builtin roles per subscription to the entity that is going to be assumed by the tool:

  • Security Reader
  • Reader

💻 Basic Usage

To run prowler, you will need to specify the provider (e.g aws or azure):

prowler <provider>

Prowler Execution

Running the prowler command without options will use your environment variable credentials.

By default, prowler will generate a CSV, a JSON and a HTML report, however you can generate JSON-ASFF (only for AWS Security Hub) report with -M or --output-modes:

prowler <provider> -M csv json json-asff html

The html report will be located in the output directory as the other files and it will look like:

Prowler Execution

You can use -l/--list-checks or --list-services to list all available checks or services within the provider.

prowler <provider> --list-checks
prowler <provider> --list-services

For executing specific checks or services you can use options -c/--checks or -s/--services:

prowler aws --checks s3_bucket_public_access
prowler aws --services s3 ec2

Also, checks and services can be excluded with options -e/--excluded-checks or --excluded-services:

prowler aws --excluded-checks s3_bucket_public_access
prowler aws --excluded-services s3 ec2

You can always use -h/--help to access to the usage information and all the possible options:

prowler -h

Checks Configurations

Several Prowler's checks have user configurable variables that can be modified in a common configuration file. This file can be found in the following path:



Use a custom AWS profile with -p/--profile and/or AWS regions which you want to audit with -f/--filter-region:

prowler aws --profile custom-profile -f us-east-1 eu-south-2

By default, prowler will scan all AWS regions.


With Azure you need to specify which auth method is going to be used:

prowler azure [--sp-env-auth, --az-cli-auth, --browser-auth, --managed-identity-auth]

By default, prowler will scan all Azure subscriptions.

🎉 New Features

  • Python: we got rid of all bash and it is now all in Python.
  • Faster: huge performance improvements (same account from 2.5 hours to 4 minutes).
  • Developers and community: we have made it easier to contribute with new checks and new compliance frameworks. We also included unit tests.
  • Multi-cloud: in addition to AWS, we have added Azure, we plan to include GCP and OCI soon, let us know if you want to contribute!

📃 License

Prowler is licensed as Apache License 2.0 as specified in each file. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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