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Applications Menu

Modified on: Tue, 14 Nov, 2023 at 10:11 PM

Buttons and Shortcuts

The button in the top-left corner of the Maltego Client is called the Application Menu button (sometimes also called the Globe Icon) and it opens the Application Menu. The Application Menu will be described in the upcoming sections.

The buttons to the right of the Application button are application shortcut buttons and are labelled in the image above. The Undo and Redo buttons both include dropdown menu’s, clicking the dropdown will display a list of graph actions that can either be undone or redone depending on which dropdown option was selected:

Hovering over an action will also select all actions before it. 

The Start a Machine button also includes a dropdown menu which displays a list of all the Machines that are available in the Maltego Client when clicked:

Clicking any one of the Machines from the list will open a dialog where the Machine's target can be entered, following which, the Machine will run.

The downward facing arrow beneath the New graph button is used to minimize or maximize the main ribbon. 

When minimized, clicking each of the tabs in the ribbon will temporary open the ribbon on the clicked tab until you click away from it. Allowing you to free up screen real estate when dealing with large graphs.

Clicking the rightward facing arrow will maximize the main ribbon again so that it is always shown.


The Maltego Application button provides access to the following standard functionality:

  • New Graph
  • Open Graph
  • Save
  • Save All
  • Save As

Maltego can Open and Save graphs that are saved with a .mtgl extension. 

Opening the Application Menu provides the options shown in the image below:

On the right side of the Application Menu dropdown, recently opened Maltego graphs will be listed. These graphs can quickly be opened by clicking on them.


Under the Import section of the Application Menu, various import options are listed for importing data into Maltego. These options will not be covered here as they are already covered in the Import/Export section.


Under the Export section of the Application Menu, various export options are listed for getting data out of the Maltego client. These options will not be covered here as they are already covered in the Import/Export section.


The Application button menu also gives you the option to Print or Preview the Current Graph.

Clicking Print Preview Current Graph will open a Print Preview window, which will provide different printing options.

Maltego can send the current graph (in whatever view or layout it is) to a printer. You can print to a single page or to multiple pages. With multiple pages, you need to specify how many rows and how many columns of pages should be printed.



Clicking the Home button will open the Maltego Start Page and the Transform Hub in a new tab.

Graph Metadata

The Graph Meta button will open a new window that contains meta data for the graph. The Author field in the meta for the current graph can be edited from this widow:

Metrics on the number of Entities and links for any graph can always be found in the bottom right-hand corner of a graph:

The first number is the number of entities on a graph including all the entities found in collection nodes. The second number is the number of nodes on the graph, this will count a collection (with multiple entities) as a single node. The third number is the number of links on a graph and the last number is the number of edges where connections between collections nodes are counted as one edge.

Open Example Graph

Clicking Open Example Graph will open a small-sized example graph. This example graph is useful when a quick graph is needed for demonstration purposes:

Find In Files

Find in Files allows you to search through multiple Maltego graphs at once that are stored on the client machine. The Find in Files function is explained in detail in the following section: Find in Graph.

Offline Activation

More information on offline activation can be found here: Initial Activation.

Check for Updates

Clicking Check for Updates will open a wizard that looks to see if new updates are available to be downloaded and installed. The update process is outlined in more detail in the following section: Updating the Client.

Factory Reset

Factory Reset will reset your Maltego client to a fresh installation state. This means that all custom Maltego configurations will be lost if a Factory Reset is performed on a Maltego client. Clicking the Factory Reset button will open a confirmation dialog to continue with the Maltego Client Factory Reset:

Open Logs Folder

The Logs folder helps the support team troubleshoot issues you may be experiencing. More on how to find your log folders can be found here: Where can I find Maltego's log files?

More About Maltego

The More about Maltego sections of the Application Menu provides links to open the following web pages:

  • Read the User Guide – This will open the official Maltego documentation in your default web browser.
  • Get Tech Support – This will open a contact us web form where technical questions can be sent directly to our technical support teams.
  • Log a Bug - This will open a contact us web form where any bugs in the Maltego client can be reported to our development team.
  • Read the Maltego Blog – This link will open the official Maltego blog where we post new features that are released for Maltego
  • About Maltego - Clicking the last option in this section, About Maltego, will open a page that provides information about the current Maltego client installation and your system setup.

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