What is Wireshark?

Wireshark is the world’s most popular network protocol analyzer. It is used for troubleshooting, analysis, development and education.

What’s New

This is the last release branch with official support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Many improvements have been made. See the “New and Updated Features” section below for more details.

New and Updated Features

The following features are new (or have been significantly updated) since version 3.2.0rc2:

  • Minor bug fixes.

The following features are new (or have been significantly updated) since version 3.2.0rc1:

  • Minor bug fixes.

The following features are new (or have been significantly updated) since version 3.1.1:

  • Miscellaneous UI fixes and updates.

  • The macOS installer now ships with Qt 5.12.6. It previously shipped with Qt 5.12.5.

The following features are new (or have been significantly updated) since version 3.1.0:

  • Automatic updates are supported on macOS.

  • You can now select multiple packets in the packet list at the same time

    • They can be exported as Text by “Ctrl+C” or “Cmd+C” and the corresponding menu in “Edit  Copy  As …​

    • They can be marked/unmarked or ignored/unignored at the same time

    • They can be exported and printed using the corresponding menu entries “File  Export Specified Packets”, “File  Export Packet Dissections” and “File  Print

  • You can now follow HTTP/2 and QUIC streams.

  • You can once again mark and unmark packets using the middle mouse button. This feature went missing around 2009 or so.

  • The Windows packages are now built using Microsoft Visual Studio 2019.

  • IOGraph automatically adds a graph for the selected display filter if no previous graph exists

  • Action buttons for the display filter bar may be aligned left via the context menu

    • The "Expression…​" toolbar entry has been moved to "Analyze  Display filter Expression …​" as well as to the context menu of the display filter toolbar

  • Allow extcaps to be loaded from the personal configuration directory

  • The Wireshark 3.1.0 Windows installers ship with Qt 5.12.6. Previous installers shipped with Qt 5.12.4.

The following features are new (or have been significantly updated) since version 3.0.0:

  • You can drag and drop a field to a column header to create a column for that field, or to the display filter input to create a display filter. If a display filter is applied, the new filter can be added using the same rules as “Apply Filter”

  • You can drag and drop a column entry to the display filter to create a filter for it.

  • You can import profiles from a .zip archive or an existing directory.

  • Dark mode support on macOS and dark theme support on other platforms has been improved.

  • Brotli decompression support in HTTP/HTTP2 (requires the brotli library).

  • The build system now checks for a SpeexDSP system library installation. The bundled Speex resampler code is still provided as a fallback.

  • WireGuard decryption can now be enabled through keys embedded in a pcapng in addition to the existing key log preference (Bug 15571).

  • A new tap for extracting credentials from the capture file has been added. It can be accessed through the -z credentials option in tshark or from the “Tools  Credentials” menu in Wireshark.

  • Editcap can now split files on floating point intervals.

  • Windows .msi packages are now signed using SHA-2. .exe installers are still dual-signed using SHA-1 and SHA-2.

  • The “Enabled Protocols” Dialog now only enables, disables and inverts protocols based on the set filter selection. The protocol type (standard or heuristic) may also be choosen as a filter value.

  • Save RTP stream to .au supports any codec with 8000 Hz rate supported by Wireshark (shown in RTP player). If save of audio is not possible (unsupported codec or rate), silence of same length is saved and warning is shown.

  • The “Analyze  Apply as Filter” and “Analyze  Prepare a Filter” packet list and detail popup menus now show a preview of their respective filters.

  • Protobuf files (*.proto) can now be configured to enable more precise parsing of serialized Protobuf data (such as gRPC).

  • HTTP2 support streaming mode reassembly. To use this feature, subdissectors can register itself to "streaming_content_type" dissector table and return pinfo→desegment_len and pinfo→desegment_offset to tell HTTP2 when to start and how many additional bytes requires when next called.

  • The message of stream gRPC method can now be parsed with supporting of HTTP2 streaming mode reassembly feature.

  • The Wireshark 3.1.0 Windows installers ship with Qt 5.12.4. Previous installers shipped with Qt 5.12.1.

New Protocol Support

3GPP BICC MST (BICC-MST), 3GPP log packet (LOG3GPP), 3GPP/GSM Cell Broadcast Service Protocol (cbsp), Asynchronous Management Protocol (AMP), Bluetooth Mesh Beacon, Bluetooth Mesh PB-ADV, Bluetooth Mesh Provisioning PDU, Bluetooth Mesh Proxy, CableLabs Layer-3 Protocol IEEE EtherType 0xb4e3 (CL3), DCOM IProvideClassInfo, DCOM ITypeInfo, Diagnostic Log and Trace (DLT), Distributed Replicated Block Device (DRBD), Dual Channel Wi-Fi (CL3DCW), EBHSCR Protocol (EBHSCR), EERO Protocol (EERO), evolved Common Public Radio Interface (eCPRI), File Server Remote VSS Protocol (FSRVP), FTDI FT USB Bridging Devices (FTDI FT), Graylog Extended Log Format over UDP (GELF), GSM/3GPP CBSP (Cell Broadcast Service Protocol), ITS message - CAMv1, ITS message - DENMv1, Linux net_dm (network drop monitor) protocol, MIDI System Exclusive DigiTech (SYSEX DigiTech), Network Controller Sideband Interface (NCSI), NR Positioning Protocol A (NRPPa) TS 38.455, NVM Express over Fabrics for TCP (nvme-tcp), OsmoTRX Protocol (GSM Transceiver control and data), Scalable service-Oriented MiddlewarE over IP (SOME/IP), USB 2.0 Link Layer (USBLL), and Wi-Fi Neighbour Awareness Networking (NAN)

Updated Protocol Support

Too many protocols have been updated to list here.

New and Updated Capture File Support

3gpp phone, Android Logcat Text, Ascend, Busmaster log file, Candump, Endace ERF, NetScaler, pcapng, and Savvius *Peek

Getting Wireshark

Wireshark source code and installation packages are available from https://www.wireshark.org/download.html.

Vendor-supplied Packages

Most Linux and Unix vendors supply their own Wireshark packages. You can usually install or upgrade Wireshark using the package management system specific to that platform. A list of third-party packages can be found on the download page on the Wireshark web site.

File Locations

Wireshark and TShark look in several different locations for preference files, plugins, SNMP MIBS, and RADIUS dictionaries. These locations vary from platform to platform. You can use About→Folders to find the default locations on your system.

Getting Help

The User’s Guide, manual pages and various other documentation can be found at https://www.wireshark.org/docs/

Community support is available on Wireshark’s Q&A site and on the wireshark-users mailing list. Subscription information and archives for all of Wireshark’s mailing lists can be found on the web site.

Bugs and feature requests can be reported on the bug tracker.

Frequently Asked Questions

A complete FAQ is available on the Wireshark web site.

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