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Hi, welcome to the home of Masterkey - the official site to distribute Masterkey Linux live forensics system and Live Forensic Toolkit (LFT) for Windows, and provides related information and support.


Masterkey Linux is a new bootable Linux live operating system developed by Qin Z. and focused on incident response and computer forensics. With no installation required, the forensics system is started directly from the CD/DVD-ROM or USB device of a computer and is fully accessible within minutes. Its open source nature and release under the GNU General Public License (GPL) allows university staff, students and other users to use and re-distribute it freely.

Though the Masterkey Linux forensic system was originally developed for educational purpose, it can also be used by computer forensics professionals, system administrators, incident response individuals for computer-related incident response and investigation.


The goal of an initial incident response is to confirm whether or not an incident occurred in a system and collect the system’s volatile data that will no longer exist after the system is powered off. It is critical to use trusted tools as the tools on the victim’s system may have been modified by an attacker.

Live Forensic Toolkit, or LFT, is a free toolkit that consists of trusted files and tools for live incident response and computer Forensics on Windows computers.

The toolkit includes 36 applications and related library files and can be made to run directly from a CD/DVD/USB memory device. As performing operations on a live computer may modify the system, this toolkit is intended for professional forensic analysts and law enforcement who know exactly what they are doing.

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