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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 a commercial-quality packet analyzer for Unix, and the most useful packet analyzer on any platform.


User guide and Developer guide in various formats at

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey4 February 2002

Leaders and contributors

Gerald CombsMaintainer
See and the Authors file in the distribution for a complete listContributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Help E-mail
Developer E-mail
Support E-mail
Wiki Homepage
Developers VCS Repository Webview;a=tree

Software prerequisites

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

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 14 June 2014.


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