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Scan a computer for the existance of Credit Card PANs. This script contains configurations to ignore IINs, major identifiers, specific card numbers, file types and deprecated issuers.

The script will analyse and identify card numbers from 12 to 19 digits in length across many different types of industries. Cards will be identified by their IIN and Luhn check compliance. Cards will be detected as single numbers or even as multiple groups of digits. Various options are included to assist in the identification of false positives.

All options listed below can be used within configuration files. For example:

python ./ --config_file=ignore_uatp.ini

Or to override a value in a configuration file, specify the value on the command line.

python ./ --config_file=ignore_uatp.ini --dir=/


Download or clone this into a folder somewhere. Include it in your path if you like. Then:

python ./ --dir=/ --ignore_paths=ignore_paths.txt --ignore_file_extensions=ignore_extensions.txt --verbose=True

This will scan the root of a PC, ignoring common file extensions and common Linux paths which don't really store data and then send the results to the screen.


python ./ [--config_file=file] [--log_file=file] [--log_level=level] [--ignore_cards=list file] [--ignore_iins=list file] [--ignore_industries=list file] [--include_deprecated] [--minimum_digits=integer] [--maximum_digits=integer] [--cards_per_file=integer] [--ignore_file_extensions=list file] [--unmask_card_number] [--max_group_count=integer] [--max_group_distance=integer] [--output=file] [--verbose] --dir=location or --file=file

--config_file [filename] A config file to use during operation. Files are in INI file format and the options are identical to the command line option names. Default is ./pantastic.ini

--log_file [filename] Write all operations to this file. Default is ./app.log

--log_level [level] Specify the level of logging to perform. Levels are debug, info, warning, error, critical. Default is info

--ignore_cards [filename] A file containing a list of card numbers to ignore. Default is not to ignore any cards.

--ignore_iins [filename] A file containing a list of ISO/IEC 7812 Issuer Identification Numbers (IIN) to ignore. The IIN is between 1 and 6 digits. Examples of IINs:

  • 4 - Visa
  • 51 - MasterCard
  • 34 - American Express
  • 1 - UATP
  • 6011 - Discover Card

The central list of IINs is not publically available, but a list of updated IINs is available at

--ignore_industries [filename] A file containing a list of major industry identifiers to ignore. This list contains just single digits from the start of each card number. These numbers are

  • 0 - ISO/TC 68 and other industry assignments
  • 1 - Airlines
  • 2 - Airlines, financial and other future industry assignments
  • 3 - Travel and entertainment
  • 4 - Banking and financial
  • 5 - Banking and financial
  • 6 - Merchandising and banking/financial
  • 7 - Petroleum and other future industry assignments
  • 8 - Healthcare, telecommunications and other future industry assignments
  • 9 - For assignment by national standards bodies

--include_deprecated [boolean] Include known deprecated card IIN issuers.

--ignore_paths [filename] A file containing a list of paths to ignore. Default is to scan all paths recursively.

--minimum_digits [integer] Only find cards with this minimum number of digits or larger. Default 12

--maximum_digits [integer] Only find cards up to this maximum number of digits in length. Default 19

--cards_per_file [integer] Stop processing a file once this number of cards have been found. Zero will find all card numbers in each file. Default 0

--ignore_file_extensions [filename] A file containing a list of file extensions to ignore. Each extension must be listed including the leading period (.), for example .dll, .exe, .ttf

--unmask_card_number [boolean] Show the full card number. By default the central account number portion of the card number is masked with 'X'. Default False

--max_group_count [integer] Specify the maximum number of digit groups to find within each file. Sometimes when cards are stored, they are stored in their groupings like this 4 group card number:


Some card types use more or less groupings. Specifying zero includes any number of groupings per card. Default 0

--max_group_distance [integer] Specify the maximum string distance between the first character of the first card group and the first character of the last card group. If cards appear in a file, the groupings are commonly quite close together, with probably a maximum of 1 character between each group. Sometimes groups are stored in fields within databases, adding more space in the file between each group. Speficying zero will set the group distance to the length of the number plus 5. Default 0

--output [filename] Send the found cards to this file in a CSV format containing the filename, issuer and card number obeying the --mask_card_number option above.

--verbose [boolean] Set to true to include more detail about the current scan status. Defaults to True

--dir [directory] A directory to scan. Either --dir or --file must be specified otherwise a scan will not occur.

--file [filename] A file to scan. Either --dir or --file must be specified otherwise a scan will not occur.

Example configuration files

Ignore UATP cards

Create these two files





Then run

python ./ --config_file=uatp.ini

Using the existing ignore paths and extensions

Two exclusion files are included in the project

  • ignore_paths.txt
  • ignore_extensions.txt

These files contain common exclusions on a Redhat type distribution of Linux. To use these files, create a file called pantastic.ini and fill it with the following.


Then just run

python ./

And it'll run a PAN scan.


This is a very organic project and needs considerable tidying up. It does comply to PEP8, but it's not particularly 'Pythonic'. It's a bit hacky in parts as it required quick additions for certain situations, like supporting UTF-16.

It's not the fastest scan in the world, but it is thorough. As they say:

"Make it work, then make it fast"

By default this is a very greedy script and will pick up a lot of valid 'cards'. Although these can technically be called false positives they are cards that comply with the two simple checks of passing Luhn and containing a valid IIN.

I suggest running the script in its default state to start with and then working through why so many card numbers are being picked up. For example, UATP cards are so broad in specification that any Luhn compliant number beginning with 1 and complying to the UATP card length will run a positive result. If you are sure that you will never see a UATP card in your organisation, then add the IIN or major industry number to the list of exclusions and run the script again.

Currently, this script does not deal with compressed files. It may in the future, probably for the common .zip and .rar files. Currently it skips over the following files with the extensions:

  • .gz
  • .zip
  • .rar
  • .7z
  • .bzip
  • .bz2

This was developed with Python V2, I suspect there's a little bit of work to get it into V3.

The requirements are fairly straight forward, mostly standard python stuff. There shouldn't be any other fancy requirements.

This has only been tested in Linux environments. Very interested to see if this works fine in Windows or on OSX. Haven't made any provisions with the exception of always using os.path.join() for file paths. Come to think of it, I use mmap to read the data, and I think a couple of the options are different in Windows. YMMV.

Stuff I might do

Add a max file size check

Actually do some testing in Windows and OSX

Add more logging for stuff other than info()

Add some kind of progress feedback that you can turn on/off for when you run the script manually.

Add output options for XML, JSON, HTML etc. Currently only does CSV.

Actually start on compressed file support.

Provide PIP and other types of installs

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