The Practical Guide to sqlmap for SQL Injections

The Practical Guide to sqlmap for SQL Injections Learn how to use sqlmap for professional engagements with the most in-depth sqlmap course
The Practical Guide to sqlmap for SQL Injections Learn how to use sqlmap for professional engagements with the most in-depth sqlmap course

The Practical Guide to sqlmap for SQL Injections

Learn how to use sqlmap for professional engagements with the most in-depth sqlmap course

What you’ll learn

The Practical Guide to sqlmap for SQL Injections

  • What sqlmap is and how it’s used to test web applications for SQL injection vulnerabilities
  • How to create a home lab environment to safely and legally attack web applications with SQL injections
  • Find and exploit your first SQL injections with sqlmap
  • Learn, in-depth, all of the options that sqlmap offers
  • How to enumerate vulnerable database information (such as database names, schema, tables, and data within those tables)
  • How sqlmap code is structured and how to find what you’re looking for (ie: payloads and settings)
  • Learn how to manipulate headers, parameters, methods, data, cookies, and more
  • How to configure targets via URLs, logfile, bulkfiles, and request files (from Burp/ZAP)
  • How to configure proxies and Tor to use sqlmap anonymously
  • Learn how to modify requests on the fly with simple Python scripts
  • How to identify WAFs and manually as well as automatically bypass them (with tamper scripts)
  • How to troubleshoot common sqlmap errors and overcome issues
  • Understand how (and when) to use –level and –risk, and how it affects results (this is important!)
  • How to use regular and advanced takeover options and techniques to take control of back-end databases and servers
  • How to run sqlmap as an API server and client
  • Learn how to fingerprint, enumerate, and takeover


  • Experience with SQL (you should know what SQL is)
  • Experience working with web applications (you should understand how apps use databases)
  • You have Experience working with databases (at least a high-level understanding of how databases work)
  • Knowledge of different database engines (ie: you should know what MySQL means)
  • Knowledge of the different SQL injection techniques
  • Fluent in English


About the course:

Learn how to use sqlmap in-depth for professional engagements, and help support open-source in the process. 40% of every sale will be donated to the sqlmap project to help support its development.

sqlmap is the most powerful and widely used SQL injection tool, and for good reason. It packs an impressive array of features and options specifically crafted to fingerprint, enumerate, and takeover databases as well as underlying systems. In this course, we take a look at all of that. We start by looking at the sqlmap project, including how the source code repository is structured, where to find important files such as configuration and payload files, and how to set up a home lab environment to safely and legally practice what we’re learning.
Then, we explore every single option that sqlmap offers with examples and explanations of how and when to use the option(s). We learn tips & tricks to see what sqlmap is doing under the hood and to troubleshoot when we come across issues. Once we’ve covered sqlmap’s options and features, we tie it all together by running through scenarios. This is when we get to see how those options can be used together or on their own to achieve our pentest or bug bounty objectives.

The course also includes sections dedicated to specific topics such as bypassing WAFs and evading security controls, and how to run sqlmap as an API.



My name is Christophe Limpalair, and I have helped thousands of individuals pass IT certifications, learn how to use the cloud, and develop secure applications. I got started in IT at the age of 11 and unintentionally fell into the world of cybersecurity. Fast-forward to today, and I’ve co-founded a fast-growing cybersecurity community, Cybr, that also provides training resources.

As I developed a strong interest in programming and cloud computing, my focus for the past few years has been training thousands of individuals in small, medium, and large businesses (including Fortune 500) on how to use cloud providers (such as Amazon Web Services) efficiently, and how to develop more secure applications.

I’ve taught certification courses such as the AWS Certified Developer, AWS Certified SysOps Administrator, and AWS Certified DevOps Professional, as well as non-certification courses such as Introduction to Application Security (AppSec), SQL Injection Attacks, Introduction to OS Command Injections, Lambda Deep Dive, Backup Strategies, and others.

Working with individual contributors as well as managers, I realized that most were also facing serious challenges when it came to cybersecurity.

Digging deeper, it became clear that there was a lack of training for AppSec specifically. As we explore in the course, SQL injection vulnerabilities can be absolutely devastating when exploited, but preventing SQL injections is actually quite simple. So my goal with this course is to help you get started on your journey of learning the tools, techniques, and concepts to properly find injection vulnerabilities in your own applications (or your client’s).

It’s time to take security into our own hands and to learn how to build more secure software in order to help make the world a safer place! Join me in the course, and we’ll do just that!

I welcome you on your journey to learning more about sqlmap, and I look forward to being your instructor!

Who this course is for:

  • Web pentesters
  • Application Security Engineers
  • Web Developers
  • Bug Bounty Hunters
  • DevSecOps Engineers
  • Security Researchers
  • Database administrators
  • Last updated 9/2021

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