2.6. Building Wireshark from source under UNIX

Building Wireshark requires the proper build environment including a compiler and many supporting libraries. See the Developer’s Guide at https://www.wireshark.org/docs/wsdg_html_chunked/ for more information.

Use the following general steps to build Wireshark from source under UNIX or Linux:

  1. Unpack the source from its compressed tar file. If you are using Linux or your version of UNIX uses GNU tar you can use the following command:

    tar xJf wireshark-2.9.0.tar.xz

    In other cases you will have to use the following commands:

    xz -d wireshark-2.9.0.tar.xz
    tar xf wireshark-2.9.0.tar
  2. Create a directory to build Wireshark in and change to it.

    mkdir build
    cd build
  3. Configure your source so it will build correctly for your version of UNIX. You can do this with the following command:

    cmake ../wireshark-2.9.0

    If this step fails you will have to look into the logs and rectify the problems, then rerun cmake. Troubleshooting hints are provided in Section 2.8, “Troubleshooting during the build and install on Unix”.

  4. Build the sources.


    Once you have build Wireshark with make above, you should be able to run it by entering run/wireshark.

  5. Install the software in its final destination.

    make install

Once you have installed Wireshark with make install above, you should be able to run it by entering wireshark.