What is Wireshark?
Wireshark is a program that functions as a packet analyzer or network protocol analyzer. The software was designed by Gerald Combs. The program intercepts and logs network traffic, captures packets and allows the user to view the values in each of the fields contained within the packet. This allows for a deep analysis of traffic data from various packets captured from a range of networking protocols.
Live capture can be done across different types of network such as IEEE 802.11, ATM, Bluetooth, Ethernet, PPP/HDLC, USB, Frame Relay, FDDI and Token Ring. The program also allows the user to analyze recorded previously-captured packets, allowing them to perform their analysis in offline mode.
The program may also capture Voice over IP calls, and may be able to play the media flow if the program is compatible with the encoding format. Captured files that are compressed may also be decompressed, and in like manner, captured files may likewise be edited or converted.
The software was developed to run on different operating system platforms. It can run on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD, and NetBSD. This is free software offered under the GNU General Public License.
File types supported by Wireshark
Our users primarily use Wireshark to open these file types: