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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.



Verified by

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Verified by

Janet Casey

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4 February 2002

Leaders and contributors

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

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
ProgrammersMailing List Info/Archivehttps://www.wireshark.org/lists/wireshark-dev/
End-UsersMailing List Subscribehttps://www.wireshark.org/mailman/listinfo/wireshark-users
ProgrammersVCS Repository Webviewhttps://gitlab.com/wireshark/wireshark
BugsBug Trackinghttps://gitlab.com/wireshark/wireshark/-/issues
End-UsersMailing List Info/Archivehttps://www.wireshark.org/lists/wireshark-users/
ProgrammersMailing List Subscribehttps://www.wireshark.org/mailman/listinfo/wireshark-dev

Software prerequisites

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


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