Common External Tool Configurations

The list below of various examples is by no means a full list of ways to use External Tools but gives you a idea of how it can be used in different ways.


Ping a server via cmdline.

  • Filename: %COMSPEC%
  • Arguments: /c ping -t %HostName%
  • Can integrate: Unknown


Run a traceroute via cmdline.

  • Filename: %COMSPEC%
  • Arguments: /c set /P = | tracert %HostName%
  • Can integrate: Unknown


WinSCP is a free GUI Secure Copy program.

  • Filename: C:\Program Files\WinSCP\WinSCP.exe (example path)
  • Arguments: scp://%Username%:%Password%@%Hostname%/
  • Optional Arguments - turn on compression and ignore any host key errors: -rawsetting Compression=1 -hostkey=*
  • Can integrate: No

FileZilla S/FTP

Free and open source FTP client for most platforms.

  • Filename: C:\Program Files\FileZilla FTP Client\filezilla.exe (example path)
  • Arguments (FTP): ftp://%Username%:%Password%@%Hostname%
  • Arguments (SFTP): sftp://%Username%:%Password%@%Hostname%
  • Can integrate: Unknown


Don’t like the built-in browser support? Integrate with the Mozilla Firefox browser directly!

  • Filename: C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe (example path)
  • Arguments: %Hostname%
  • Can integrate: Unknown

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google.

  • Filename: C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe (example path)
  • Arguments: %Hostname%
  • Can integrate: Unknown

Internet Explorer

Standard browser included with Windows installation.

  • Filename: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
  • Arguments: %Hostname%
  • Can integrate: Unknown

MySql Workbench

MySQL Workbench provides data modeling, SQL development, and comprehensive administration tools for server configuration, user administration, backup, and much more. You will be prompted for a password when starting the connection.

  • Filename: C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Workbench 6.3 CE\MySQLWorkbench.exe (example path)
  • Arguments: -query %USERNAME%@%HOSTNAME%
  • Can integrate: Unknown

VNC Viewer

  • Filename: C:\Program Files\RealVNC\VNC Viewer\vncviewer.exe (example path)
  • Arguments: %HostName%
  • Can integrate: Unknown

Windows Computer Manager

  • Filename: %WINDIR%\system32\compmgmt.msc
  • Arguments: /Computer=%HostName%
  • Can integrate: Unknown

Zenmap GUI

Zenmap is a GUI front-end for nmap.

  • Filename: C:\Program Files\Nmap\zenmap.exe (example path)
  • Arguments: -p “Quick scan plus” -t %Hostname%
  • Can integrate: Unknown


UltraVNC is a free and open source program for connection to remote machines using the VNC protocol.

  • Filename: C:\Program Files\UltraVNC\vncviewer.exe (example path)
  • Arguments: %HostName%:%port% -password %PASSWORD%
  • Can integrate: Unknown

COM Serial Port

This will allow you to connect to a specific COM serial port using PuTTY.

  • Filename: putty.exe (example path)
  • Arguments: -serial com%Port%
  • Can integrate: Yes

Create a new connection entry with the following information:

  • Name: Serial COM**X**
  • Protocol: Ext. App
  • External Tool: COM Serial Port
  • Port: your desired COM port # here

Windows PowerShell

Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration.

Running with suggested argument will open a PS session connected to a host. No prompt for credintials will popup.

  • Filename: %WINDIR%system32WindowsPowerShellv1.0PowerShell.exe
  • Arguments: -noexit $pw = “%password%” -replace ‘^’, ‘’; $password = ConvertTo-SecureString $pw -AsPlainText -Force; $Cred= New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential (“%username%”, $password); Enter-PSSession -ComputerName %hostname% -credential $Cred
  • Can integrate: No

Windows PowerShell (ISE)

Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) is a graphical host application that enables you to read, write, run, debug, and test scripts and modules in a graphic-assisted environment.

  • Filename: %WINDIR%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\PowerShell_ISE.exe
  • Arguments: args here
  • Can integrate: Yes