A high speed efficient broadband photodetector based on a vertical n-MoS2/p-porous silicon heterostructure has been demonstrated. Large area MoS2 on electrochemical etched porous silicon was grown by sulphurization of a sputtered MoO3 thin film. A maximum responsivity of 9 A/W (550-850 nm) with a very high detectivity of ∼1014 Jones is observed. Transient measurements show a fast response time of ∼9 μs and is competent to work at high frequencies (∼50 kHz). The enhanced photodetection performance of the heterojunction made on porous silicon over that made on planar silicon is explained in terms of higher interfacial barrier height, superior light trapping property, and larger junction area in the MoS2/porous silicon junction. © 2017 Author(s).