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Network protocol analyzer

Wireshark is a network protocol analyzer, or “packet sniffer”, that lets you capture and interactively browse the contents of network frames.

The goal of the project is to create the most useful packet analyzer on any platform.



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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey4 February 2002

Leaders and contributors

See and the Authors file in the distribution for a complete list Contributor
Gerald Combs Original author

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bugs Bug Tracking
Help E-mail
Support E-mail
Wiki Homepage
Programmer E-mail
Programmer VCS Repository Webview;a=tree

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Source requirement GTK+ 1.2 or later
Weak prerequisite Python (to generate code)
Source requirement libpcap (
Weak prerequisite zilb (to read gzip-compressed files on the fly)
Weak prerequisite Perl (to build documentation)
Weak prerequisite NET-SNMP or CMU-SNMP libraries (to enable SNMP data decoding)
Weak prerequisite ADNS (for asynchronous name lookup)
Weak prerequisite PCRE (for the "matches" display filter)

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 23 November 2015.


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