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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.


"IRC [irc:chat.freenode.net/wireshark irc:chat.freenode.net/wireshark] " IRC Help channel
[irc:chat.freenode.net/wireshark irc:chat.freenode.net/wireshark]

Related Projects


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

AudienceResource typeURI
ProgrammerVCS Repository Webviewhttps://code.wireshark.org/review/gitweb?p=wireshark.git;a=tree
BugsBug Trackinghttps://bugs.wireshark.org/bugzilla/

Software prerequisites

Weak prerequisitePerl (to build documentation)
Weak prerequisiteNET-SNMP or CMU-SNMP libraries (to enable SNMP data decoding)
Weak prerequisiteADNS (for asynchronous name lookup)
Weak prerequisitePCRE (for the "matches" display filter)
Source requirementGTK+ 1.2 or later
Weak prerequisitePython (to generate code)
Source requirementlibpcap (http://www.tcpdump.org/)
Weak prerequisitezilb (to read gzip-compressed files on the fly)

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


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