Application Menu

Button and Shortcuts

Figure 319: Application shortcut buttons

The button in the top-left corner of the Maltego client is called the Application Button (sometimes also called the Globe Icon) and 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 show a list of graph actions that can either be undone or redone depending on which dropdown was selected:

Figure 320: Undoing graph actions

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

The Start a Machine button also includes a dropdown menu which shows a list of all the machines that are available in the Maltego client when clicked:

Figure 321: Machines dropdown menu

Clicking anyone of the machines from the list will open a dialog where the machine's target can be entered after which the machine will run.

The downward facing arrow beneath the new graph button is used to minimize the main ribbon. Doing this results in a main ribbon that looks like the following image:

Figure 322: Minimize 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. 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 an mtgl extension. Graphs that are created in Maltego 3 are saved with a mtgx file extension and can also be opened in Maltego 4.

Note: Maltego is backwards compatible. Graphs with a mtgl file extension cannot be opened in Maltego 3, however Maltego 4 has the options to save both mtgl and mtgx.

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

Figure 323: Application Menu dropdown

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


Figure 324: Import options

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 of this guide.


Figure 325: Export options

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 over in the Import/Export section.


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

Figure 326: Print option in the application menu

Clicking Print Preview Current Graph will open will open a Print Preview window (shown below) that provides also provides different printing options.

Figure 327: Print preview

Maltego can send the current graph (in whatever view or layout is it) 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.

Figure 328: Print options


Figure 329: Tools


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

Graph Meta

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:

Figure 330: Graph meta data

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

Figure 331: Graph metrics

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:

Figure 332: Example graph

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.

Activate Maltego

Clicking Activate Maltego will open a wizard that will display your Maltego client’s activation status. If the Maltego client is already active, then activation details are provided. If the Maltego client still needs to be activated, then the activation wizard can be followed to activate the client. The activation steps are outlined in the following section.

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.

Factory Reset

Factory Reset will reset your Maltego client as if it were a fresh installation. 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:

Figure 333: Factory reset confirmation

More About Maltego

Figure 334: More about Maltego

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

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:

Figure 335: About Maltego

Continue to the Options Menu page.

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