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Tool and Usage

Wireshark is the well-known network protocol analyzer. It allows you to see what is happening on the network and zoom into the details of the network protocols.


Wireshark is a mature project with many users all over the world. Its library is stable and can be used by both graphical as text-based interfaces. With many books and even conferences around the subject, this tool is a safe bet to have in your toolbox.

Usage and audience

This tool is categorized as a network sniffing tool and network traffic analysis tool.

Wireshark is commonly used for network analysis, network traffic analysis, security assessment, or troubleshooting. Target users for this tool are pentesters, security professionals, and system administrators.

Tool review

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Well-known tool

Author and Maintainers

Wireshark is under development by Gerald Combs.


Support operating systems

Wireshark is known to work on Linux and Microsoft Windows.

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Project details
Latest release2.2.7 [2017-06-01]
License(s)GPLv2GPLv2 or later
Last updatedNov. 28, 2017

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 Wireshark project website

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