Wireshark – A powerful network protocol analyzer


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Wireshark is the world’s most popular network protocol analyzer. It has a rich and powerful feature set and runs on most computing platforms including Windows, OS X, Linux, and UNIX. Network professionals, security experts, developers, and educators around the world use it regularly. It is freely available as open source, and is released under the GNU General Public License version 2.

Wireshark used to be known as Ethereal. If you’re still using Ethereal, it is strongly recommended that you upgrade to Wireshark.

The current stable release of Wireshark is 1.2.7.

Installation :

Wireshark packages are available for most platforms, for example in ubuntu can be installed using the command :

sudo apt-get install wireshark


Apple / Mac OS XMacPorts
Canonical / UbuntuStandard package
Debian / Debian GNU/LinuxStandard package
FreeBSD Foundation / FreeBSDStandard package
Gentoo Foundation / Gentoo LinuxStandard package
HP / HP-UXPorting And Archive Centre for HP-UX
Mandriva / Mandriva LinuxStandard package
NetBSD Foundation / NetBSDStandard package
Novell / openSUSE, SUSE LinuxStandard package
OpenPKG / OpenPKG ProjectStandard package
PC-BSD Software · iXsystems / PC-BSDPush Button Installer
PCLinuxOS / PCLinuxOSStandard package
Red Hat / FedoraStandard package
Red Hat / Red Hat Enterprise LinuxStandard package
rPath / rPath LinuxStandard package
Slackware Linux / SlackwareSlackBuilds.org
Sun Microsystems / SolarisBlastwave.org
* / *The Written Word

Image credit: wireshark.org

Usefull links : http://www.wireshark.org

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