Top CTF Platforms & Resources 2023


Top CTF Platforms for Beginners and People Looking for More Fun!

What is a CTF and why are there platforms?

A CTF ( Capture the Flag ) is a purposely vulnerable machine or application designed to help security researchers, cyber security students, ethical hackers and more learn and strengthen their hacking skills legally. There are platforms for this where you connect to their network and hack all these machines.

It is not very easy to host these machines locally so there are lots of platforms that aid in this process. It could also be very hard to make a lab every time you want to practice something so often times going to a premade lab makes life a whole lot easier for people looking for CTFs and Labs.

What is Try Hack Me?

Try Hack Me is a vast CTF platform described by the owners as “an online platform that teaches cyber security through short, gamified real-world labs. We have content for complete beginners and seasoned hackers, incorporating guides and challenges to cater to different learning styles.

  • Learning Paths
  • CTF Labs
  • Battle Grounds for Hackers ( KOTH )
  • and much more

What is Hack The Box?

Hack the box is a massive, online cybersecurity training platform, that allows individuals, companies, universities, and all kinds of organizations around the world. There is so much to do on this platform.

  • CTF Labs
  • Rooms
  • Training Environments
  • Academies
  • and much more

What is Vuln Hub?

VulnHub is a huge collection of CTFs, unlike most platforms, this one is just a bunch of ISO files, OVA files, and VMDK files that are lab machines. These labs have to be deployed locally.

What is Parrot CTFs?

Parrot CTFs is a CTF platform that aims at being more community oriented.

  • Classic Realistic CTF Labs
  • Cloud Based Labs
  • Active Directory Based Labs
  • Learning Paths
  • Academy For learning
  • Huge blog full of RSS feeds and resources
  • Hack Boxes in the Browser/Page
  • and much more.


Resources to help along with your journey into CTFs platforms.

InsiderPHD and any of her content have been the place to go for API Hacking.

Ippsec is great to go to for hack-the-box walkthroughs, guidance and more if you are having issues with certain lab machines or want to understand a new methodology.

If you enjoyed this article on CTF platforms be sure to check out Top 20 Hacking Tools. A blog post on Web Application Hacking Tools.

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