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How to find unprotected website is a question every tech savvy geek has in mind and most are searching for it at this moment including you.
How to find Unprotected Website directories or How to find unprotected files from a website is a popular search query in Google. I had been searching this for some time now. Finally that I have found it, thought of making a note. If you do like this post, please share it and do leave me a comment :)

As you know every site on the net is a well written and organized structure of files and folders that you see in a graphical format with hyperlinks linking each of them. Most of these folders are hidden or password protected so as to avoid direct public access to them. Those that are not can be classified as intended Public files or just Unprotected. Its silly, but true that there are several websites on the net that some of their contents unprotected and can be accessed by others to get best out of it.

You can get a variety of files that can be opened or downloaded without logging in.
How do you do this? You can't go to every website searching for the unprotected content :)

Don't worry, you don't have to.

Here is a command that queries a search engine, be it Google, Yahoo or any other to provide a list of sites that have unprotected files and displays the results based on your query.

Enter the following string in the search field:

-inurl(html|htm|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size

This will bring up a list of sites and you can hunt for whatever you can find. Something like the screenshot below.

Now once you get familiar with this, I'm sure you would want to search list of specific file types like 3gp or wmv or avi...etc

Just modify the string as below:

-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(3gp|avi)

This query will look for 3gp or avi video files. You can easily change the file formats from 3gp|avi to extensions of your choice.

-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(mp3|mov)
-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(pdf)

There is so much to experiment in this, you will be hooked onto your file hunting :)

Further to this, if you want to search for some specific file names with desired extensions, you can modify the query accordingly

The string will read as:
-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(jpg|gif) "pamela"

Pls note: You may not get the exact results all the time, but sometime you may hit the bulls eye and have a gold mine (a long list of files you've always wanted ;)

Its fun to go searching around these unprotected files and yeah, for all those saints out there, pls don't consider this unethical. The files are on the World Wide Web and in an unprotected condition. Consider it to be meant that way, for being accessed by anyone, else why would someone put such crucial content on the web without password protecting it :)

I hope you go my point.


  1. Great stuff man. I tried it on few sites and worked on all. I wouldn't be happier.

  2. Does it just list all files or can I download it as well? I wish to download some 3gp files but wish to skip the capcha etc. When I tried it on few sites, it listed files I wanted but I was not allowed to download them.

  3. Hey Dudethtsme, there are certain rights given to files on server. If the webmaster has protected the file from being downloaded, you will not be able to download it, however you may see the file listed.

  4. Any way to do this for a specific website?

  5. How do you search through unprotected directories OF A PARTICULAR WEBSITE?? Say,

  6. Hi Divy, there is no command that can give you unprotected files from a specific website, but there sure is a method to search a specific website for available content. You can try using "site:site name file type" in google search without the quotes. eg: avi
    You might be lucky enough :)

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