The rubber ducky from Hak5 has always interested me but being a cheapskate I didn’t want to spend the USD$40 on buying one when I think of them as potentially throw away devices. In a real world penetration test I visualise dropping a bunch of “USB Drives” around a business and having them install a backdoor automatically upon insertion. My solution to this problem is the DigiSpark which can be bought for as little as $5 each.

Setting up a Digispark as a rubber ducky is quite easy. Digispark have a library called “DigiKeyboard” and is automatically detected as a HID device. This means you can import the library and do a minimal amount of coding to get a fairly effective rubber ducky. You should however note that the Digispark is not always detected fully and sometimes you require a small USB hub. With the use of a USB hub I have found it to work on 100% of devices I have tested it on.


  1. DigiSpark Buy Cheaper on ebay
  2. Some free time

How to setup a “DigiDucky”:

  1. Install the arduino IDE. Download
  2. Install the Digispark and get it connected to your Arduino IDE. Tutorial
  3. Run the test script provided to check it is working - This is a rickroll payload for Windows. It should automatically open up Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up on youtube. Download
  4. Use the provided bash script to convert rubber ducky scripts to digispark scripts. Download Note: Untested

Blog post will be updated as development continues.

This blog post was inspired by Chris Adebenham’s USB-Rubber Ducky scripts on Arduino/Leostick

Update 22nd November 2016

My github has been updated with a 3d printable case design for the DigiDucky. Also, you can find instruction on removing the 5 seconds delay on startup here to speed up execution time.

To fix issues with the DigiSpark not being detected by some machines (particularly USB3 ports) you can use an adapter like this for around $2.

The 3d printed case design requires the USB adapter mentioned above.