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Updating the Maltego Desktop Client

Modified on: Wed, 4 Oct, 2023 at 1:01 PM

It is important to regularly update your Maltego Client to the latest version. 

Ideally, this should be done online by following the instructions set out in the Updating the Maltego Desktop Client online section below. 

However, a method to update the Client offline is available. Please refer to Updating the Maltego Desktop Client offline section below should you need to perform an offline update.

For details regarding current and previous Maltego versions, please refer to the Maltego Client Changelog.

Updating from Version 4.2X to Version 4.3.0 - Manual Update Required

Note: The update from version 4.2X to version 4.3.0 will not be possible using the Update tool in the Maltego Desktop Client. To perform this update, you will be required to manually uninstall your existing version and re-install Maltego to the latest version.

Steps to update from Maltego version 4.2x to Maltego version 4.3.0:

  1. It is recommended that you perform a backup of your existing configuration. Instructions on how to do this can be accessed here.
  2. Uninstall your current Maltego version.
  3. Re-install the Maltego Desktop Client using the latest installer from our Downloads Page

Please refer to Installing Maltego for further installation instructions. Should you require additional assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to to our Support Team using this contact form.

Updating the Maltego Desktop Client Online:

Ideally, the Client should be updated online. This can be done by:

  1. Clicking the Application Button (circle in top left corner)
  2. Hovering over Tools 
  3. Clicking Check for Updates


The steps to perform an online update are shown in the image below:

The Maltego update wizard will open and check for updates. If your Maltego client is already up-to-date you can click Finish. If there are new updates which need to be installed, you will be prompted to install the updates with the window below:

You can click Next to allow the Maltego Desktop Client to download the latest updates. Once the updates are finished downloading you will need to restart the Client for the updates to be installed.

After restarting the Client you can confirm that you have the latest version installed by checking the version number shown at the top of the client.

Updating the Maltego Desktop Client Offline

To perform an offline update on the Client, please ensure you are running Maltego 4.3.X or later and then extract the .zip file containing the updates locally here.


Run the applicable command:

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On Windows: (Change "C:/path/to" to the folder where the updates were extracted)

maltego -ufile:/C:/path/to/updates.xml.gz

On Mac: (Change "/path/to" to the folder where the updates were extracted)

maltego -ufile:/path/to/updates.xml.gz

On Linux: (Change "/path/to" to the folder where the updates were extracted)

/usr/share/maltego/bin/maltego -ufile:/path/to/updates.xml.gz

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