Wireshark – A powerful network protocol analyzer

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


Platform Sources
Apple / Mac OS X MacPorts
Canonical / Ubuntu Standard package
Debian / Debian GNU/Linux Standard package
FreeBSD Foundation / FreeBSD Standard package
Gentoo Foundation / Gentoo Linux Standard package
HP / HP-UX Porting And Archive Centre for HP-UX
Mandriva / Mandriva Linux Standard package
NetBSD Foundation / NetBSD Standard package
Novell / openSUSE, SUSE Linux Standard package
OpenPKG / OpenPKG Project Standard package
PC-BSD Software · iXsystems / PC-BSD Push Button Installer
PCLinuxOS / PCLinuxOS Standard package
Red Hat / Fedora Standard package
Red Hat / Red Hat Enterprise Linux Standard package
rPath / rPath Linux Standard package
Slackware Linux / Slackware SlackBuilds.org
Sun Microsystems / Solaris Blastwave.org
* / * The Written Word

Image credit: wireshark.org

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

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