Does anyone know any good Steganography software?

omer March 3, 2011

If you don’t know what Stegano is, look here.

What I am looking for is a software that can hide files in a wide range of other file types. You know, photo, music, video, PDF and what not.

I don’t really mind if it’s in separate software for each file type, but if it comes to that, I would like if it was available as a portable software.

  1. Omerv
    March 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

    all very good options espesally the web one becouse you check my registy to see if i used this kind of software

  2. Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 at 9:02 am

    On a Windows based PC, a simple way to encode information into another file is, from the command prompt -

    COPY /B original.image.jpg +

    mp3stego is a piece of software which allows to hide files inside MP3s. This is unfortunately Windows only, and no GUI is provided (although one is downloadable). This software also supports passwords. Also, mp3stego is only in proof of concept stage.


    Hide In Picture


    StegoMagic allows you to hide any file or message inside text, Wave and Bitmap files. The restriction of the software is that the file to be hidden can be a maximum of 1/8 of the size as the file it’s to be hidden in. The software is operated through a simple GUI and it also requires passwords. (Windows only)

    Hide a file (of any type) inside mp3 without changing it's size and sound quality. Just try it and prove that my *stupid* algorithm works

    cross-platform application framework and available for Windows, Mac and Linux

  3. Omerv
    March 5, 2011 at 7:26 am

    that is prety good becuose it can stego photo and music files. now lets see if we can find somthing that supports more formats

    • Mike
      March 5, 2011 at 10:52 am

      It would be easier if you told us what you want to hide and where...

      Those two tools should support various kinds of files but this random steganographic support comes with a downside, artifacts - this can be discoloration, artifacts during video or audio playback, temporary distortions, etc.

      Being aware of those artifacts and looking at the size of file and it's contents you will easily come to the conclusion that there is something hidden within the file.

      The benefits of tools like Steghide and others which are optimized for certain File types is that they prevent those artifacts.

      • Omerv
        March 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm

        ahhh i see so i dont neccerely want a software that support a large amount of formats becouse then it could be esely detected. very intaresting. i actully did find one that supports BMP,JPG,GIF,MPG, WAV,PDF,EXE,CHM and many more
        does that mean that i sould not use it?

        • Mike
          March 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm

          When looking for Stegano' software it's a lot about Trial and error.
          I suggested Steghide because it (usually) doesn't effect a decoys image quality.

          I'm sure a lot of the suggestion in here (including your own research) have their strengths and weaknesses.

        • Omerv
          March 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

          i see well one last Question than: i your opinion what format could handle the most encrytion with the least detection posabillty? as i anderstand not all formats are equal.

        • Mike
          March 6, 2011 at 2:37 am

          Honestly I only know the basics of Steganography (not my field of expertise)

          What I can tell you is that any method and Software will succeed [with or without artifacts] if the third person doesn't expect it. You probably could hide data within a JPEG saying "TOP SECRET".

          Contrary, if someone is looking for hidden files, the person will find it. There are Tools designed to detect all kinds of encrypted and hidden data, alternate data streams, etc.

          Unless you are going for a government grade Steganographic Software there will always be some trace. And probably even those are detectable...

          Let me give you an example:
          If I had to do a Forensic search on your System I would start scanning your MRU Lists, Registry and System logs for Software related to Encryption and Steganography. For two simple reasons:
          1. If this type of Software was used on your System, there is a high chance you are trying to hide or encrypted data of interest (evidence).
          2. I know what type of Steganography of Encryption I am dealing with.
          Unrelated to the outcome (and as previously mentioned) there are tools designed to find this data which would be next on the ToDo list.

        • Omerv
          March 6, 2011 at 7:43 am

          what if i hide it wail using a linux live cd? that way there is no registry to check and the third person would not have any reason to check for this

        • Mike
          March 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

          It was just an example on the vulnerability [or in this case detection] of Steganography and Encryption.

          Not using Windows is not the solution to the problem. As I said there are Tools specifically designed to scan for Steganography Signatures and Artifacts within the Files.

          I suggest to read through this article (or similar once):

          If you want to successfully hide data you have to be more creative.
          For example rip an entire DVD to your Desktop, use Steganography to hide the Data in one of the VOB files. And then burn the entire VIDEO_TS thing back into working Movie DVD and put it in the shelf with the rest of your Movies.

          The fact that I came up with this creative idea - again - is proof that other are able to find your hidden data if they are determined to do so.

          I don't know what top secret documents you are trying to hide. But I know that it will never be a 100% safe no matter where and how you do it.

        • Omerv
          March 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm

          ohh to be onest i am really planing a skavenger hunt for my friends and given that a good portion of them are hackers i dont want any cheating when tring to find out the password

  4. Mike
    March 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I can offer Steghide

    It is Open Source, available for Windows + Linux, and Source code if you want to port it to your platform.

  5. Omerv
    March 4, 2011 at 6:31 am

    very nice but do have anything else to ofer?

    March 4, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Hello you could try the following site. It has many tools that are related to stenography.

    Or you could try this:

  7. Tina
    March 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm


    I wrote an article about this subject a while back and also recommended a tool: Become a Secret Steganographer: Hide and Encrypt your Files

    Here are some more articles you may find useful:
    The Easiest Way To Send Secret Messages Within Pictures
    How To Hide Your Torrent Files Inside Pictures
    How to Hide Folders Using 7 Free Apps
    Hide Text in Photos and Send Secret Messages [Mac only]

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