This page is an index of helpful tools used to solve the puzzles typically found in ARGs, including ciphers, audio encoding, and steganography.
- 1 ARG Training
- 2 Text-based Tools
- 2.1 a2x2
- 2.2 Anagrams
- 2.3 Ascii85
- 2.4 asciitohex
- 2.5 Ave Maria Cipher
- 2.6 Browserling
- 2.7 Chaffing & Winnowing
- 2.8 Cryptii
- 2.9 CryptoCrack
- 2.10 Cryptomathic
- 2.11 Cryptool-Online
- 2.12 Crypto-Tools
- 2.13 CyberChef
- 2.14 Darkfader
- 2.15 Dcode
- 2.16 HTTP Referer Extension
- 2.17 Kryptographiespielplatz
- 2.18 Linux Command Line Encode / Decode
- 2.19 md5hashing
- 2.20 Omniglot Conscripts
- 2.21 OPENPGP
- 2.22 PharmaBraille
- 2.23 Polygraphic Substitution Systems
- 2.24 RICHKNI
- 2.25 Rumkin
- 2.26 SNOW Whitespace
- 2.27 SpamMimic
- 2.28 The Black Chamber
- 2.29 WeChall Encryption tools.
- 2.30 Wikibruce
- 2.31 Xlate
- 2.32 XOR / Byte Shift
- 3 Audio Analysis
- 4 Image Analysis
- 5 General Steganography / Tools
ae27ff is a series of puzzles that use the typical techniques of most ARGs. They get more difficult the higher you go. Made by Discord user crashdemons.
An annual Game Detectives tradition consisting of a series of puzzles unlocking each day over advent, with varying difficulty. Created by the GameDetectives admins.
A puzzle site that has many categories of learning. They begin as really easy, but then ascend to a more difficult encounter.
A series of puzzles designed to introduce people to ARG solving. They range from easy to very hard. Levels can be gained through active participation on the official forum.
A short, interactive, slightly creepy story made by Discord user mai(#9088). Will put your basic puzzle solving skills to the test.
A new arg-style puzzle solving extravaganza by the makers of Professor Layton! Solve puzzles to earn collectables, some which can transferred to the next game that will be released July 20! Ends around the end of September.
A tool that will guess what site a link identifier could belong to given the length. Made by Discord user A4.
http://anagramscramble.com/ Word de-scrambler
Decodes ascii85 messages. (there's a version for encoding as well)
Converts ASCII to hex and vice versa, as well as to other number-based encryption methods.
Ave Maria Cipher
Ave Maria cipher.
Lots of encodings and encryptions.
Chaffing & Winnowing
Everything you need to know about Chaffing and winnowing.
Site with a lot of ciphers.
Has a lot of classical ciphers and more.
EMV tag search. TLV (Tag, Length, Value) byte strings into their constituent tags and sub-tags. Useful for analysing APDU traces, responses and so on. CAP calculator. Features many more features.
Features enciphering (enigma, navajo, vigenere), encoding (ASCII, Code39, Huffman), text analysis, etc.
Set of crypto-tools.
MULTIPLE methods of enciphering/encoding, uses more complicated methods and can have more processes going on at once.
Online conversion utilities.
Contains a list of mathematical problem calculations, encodings, encryptions, and many more.
HTTP Referer Extension
LEGACY FIREFOX: https://addons.mozilla.org/En-US/firefox/addon/refcontrol/
Extensions for Legacy Firefox, Quantum and Chrome to help modifying HTTP referers.
List of a lot of ciphers. (It's in german, but common sense is enough. Test them out on the part where it says [ausprobieren]
Linux Command Line Encode / Decode
Use linux command line strings to encode and decode.
Allows you to decode many variations of MD5 and Sha ciphers.
Has a list of alternate fonts that can be used for writing english.
PGP and GPG downloads.
Contains a detailed list of the Braille alphabet, including numbers and punctuation.
Polygraphic Substitution Systems
Breaking polygraphic substitution systems.
Word frequency analysis, can be really useful for substitution ciphers with no key.
Contains big list of ciphers.
Hides a message in what appears to be a harmless block of spam.
The Black Chamber
Has a set of text enciphering and encoding methods.
WeChall Encryption tools.
Features JPocketKnife, a conversion tool, JDicTac, a bruteforce for homemade ciphers and hashes, etc.
For text encryption, it features ROT-n, Hexadecimal, Binary, ASCII, Morse, Pattern Recognition, and separating byte data to 8 bit planes.
Multiple methods of encoding, including a personalized radix, or base, decoding. (Supports Base 2 - 36)
XOR / Byte Shift
Is used to show all 255 XOR and Byte Shift instances.
Useful program used for audio inspecting.
Software "soundcard" AX.25 packet modem/TNC and APRS encoder/decoder. It can be used stand-alone to observe APRS traffic, as a tracker, digipeater, APRStt gateway, or Internet Gateway (IGate).
- NOTE: Not user-friendly!
Dual Tone Multi Frequency tones decoding.
Can encrypt/decrypt a lot of audio encryption. Manual can be found here. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByiJ3Glc7CR9R3d3Mm1rSmYxUFE/view?usp=sharing
- NOTE: Not user-friendly!
Ham Radio Directory Downloads
Includes 35 ham radio tools.
- NOTE: It may not work on certain OS, and not all of them are user-friendly.
Kansas City Standard Cassette Audio Data
Can be used to encode/decode Kansas City Standard Cassette Audio Data.
Slow Scan Television Program. Alternative to RXSSTV.
OTP22 Signal Decoders
Directory for multiple methods of encryption used in otp22, ABISM tone decodings (Modified ASCII tones), NATO 5gram decoder, and another XOR program.
A program that deciphers SSTV encryption on audio tracks.
Creates spectographs of audio.
Has more radio recieving modes than fldigi, like Harris RF-3560 PSTN TIU,IRA-ARQ (ASCII-ARQ), etc. (only for decoding)
Audio spectogram analysis.
Gives a visual representation of binary files.
Can be used to upload ceefax images.
Used to find EXIF data and ID3 tags.
Image analysis and ELA [Error Level Analysis].
Allows to compare the differences of two images, and unlock steganography with passwords.
Free program. Alternative to photoshop. Can export and import raw files.
Allows for the viewing of jpeg headers, abnormalities, and outgress output.
http://magiceye.ecksdee.co.uk/ To solve magic eyes
http://nonomaker.com/ Used to make nonograms aaaaand
http://a.teall.info/nonogram/ to solve them.
- NOTE: Only works on mac. Try using a virtual machine for opening it.
Online GIMP-style editor.
http://www.qrcode-generator.de/ For making QR codes.
https://webqr.com/ For reading QR codes.
Visualizes .raw files.
Web-based 3D modeling.
Features JColorSucker to grab pixel values from images.
For image steganography, wikibruse can submit delimited list of pixel bytes. Resulting file is a single plane greyscale PNG. (eg: 255,0,255,0,255,0,0,255,0 with width 3)
General Steganography / Tools
Program memory scanner and editor.
- Online hex editor.
- Offline hex editor (has more utilities).
- Another Offline hex editor but without needing to install it and has scripting.
Firefox extension to find HTTP ref(f)erers.
VERY useful program. Similar to Notepad but has many more utilities.
Made by the creator of ae27ff, allows for the xoring of two large files together.
Website used to run and debug code.
Made by the creator of ae27ff, allows for the xoring of two relatively small files together.