5.7. Exporting Data

Wireshark provides a variety of options for exporting packet data. This section describes general ways to export data from the main Wireshark application. There are many other ways to export or extract data from capture files, including processing tshark output and customizing Wireshark and tshark using Lua scripts.

5.7.1. The “Export Specified Packets” Dialog Box

Figure 5.10. The “Export Specified Packets” dialog box

ws export specified packets

This is similar to the “Save” dialog box, but it lets you save specific packets. This can be useful for trimming irrelevant or unwanted packets from a capture file. See Packet Range for details on the range controls.

5.7.2. The “Export Packet Dissections” Dialog Box

This lets you save the packet list, packet details, and packet bytes as plain text, CSV, JSON, and other formats.

Figure 5.11. The “Export Packet Dissections” dialog box

ws export packet dissections

The format can be selected from the “Export As” dropdown and further customized using the “Packet Range” and “Packet Format” controls. Some controls are unavailable for some formats, notably CSV and JSON. The following formats are supported:

Here are some examples of exported data:

Plain text. 

No.     Time           Source                Destination           Protocol Length SSID       Info
      1 0.000000          TCP      1454              10554 → 80 [ACK] Seq=1 Ack=1 Win=65535 Len=1400 [TCP segment of a reassembled PDU]

Frame 1: 1454 bytes on wire (11632 bits), 1454 bytes captured (11632 bits)
Ethernet II, Src: 00:50:56:c0:00:01, Dst: 00:0c:29:42:12:13
Internet Protocol Version 4, Src: (, Dst: (
    0100 .... = Version: 4
    .... 0101 = Header Length: 20 bytes (5)
    Differentiated Services Field: 0x00 (DSCP: CS0, ECN: Not-ECT)
    Total Length: 1440
    Identification: 0x0141 (321)
    Flags: 0x0000
    ...0 0000 0000 0000 = Fragment offset: 0
    Time to live: 106
    Protocol: TCP (6)
    Header checksum: 0xd390 [validation disabled]
    [Header checksum status: Unverified]
    Source: (
    Destination: (
    [Source GeoIP: PE, ASN 6147, Telefonica del Peru S.A.A.]
Transmission Control Protocol, Src Port: 10554, Dst Port: 80, Seq: 1, Ack: 1, Len: 1400


If you would like to be able to import any previously exported packets from a plain text file it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Add the “Absolute date and time” column.
  • Temporarily hide all other columns.
  • Disable the EditPreferencesProtocolsData “Show not dissected data on new Packet Bytes pane” preference. More details are provided in Section 11.5, “Preferences”
  • Include the packet summary line.
  • Exclude column headings.
  • Exclude packet details.
  • Include the packet bytes.


"No.","Time","Source","Destination","Protocol","Length","SSID","Info","Win Size"
"1","0.000000","","","TCP","1454","","10554  >  80 [ACK] Seq=1 Ack=1 Win=65535 Len=1400 [TCP segment of a reassembled PDU]","65535"
"2","0.000011","","","TCP","54","","[TCP ACKed unseen segment] 80  >  10554 [ACK] Seq=1 Ack=11201 Win=53200 Len=0","53200"
"3","0.025738","","","TCP","1454","","[TCP Spurious Retransmission] 10554  >  80 [ACK] Seq=1401 Ack=1 Win=65535 Len=1400 [TCP segment of a reassembled PDU]","65535"
"4","0.025749","","","TCP","54","","[TCP Window Update] [TCP ACKed unseen segment] 80  >  10554 [ACK] Seq=1 Ack=11201 Win=63000 Len=0","63000"
"5","0.076967","","","TCP","1454","","[TCP Previous segment not captured] [TCP Spurious Retransmission] 10554  >  80 [ACK] Seq=4201 Ack=1 Win=65535 Len=1400 [TCP segment of a reassembled PDU]","65535"


    "_index": "packets-2014-06-22",
    "_type": "doc",
    "_score": null,
    "_source": {
      "layers": {
        "frame": {
          "frame.encap_type": "1",
          "frame.time": "Jun 22, 2014 13:29:41.834477000 PDT",
          "frame.offset_shift": "0.000000000",
          "frame.time_epoch": "1403468981.834477000",
          "frame.time_delta": "0.450535000",
          "frame.time_delta_displayed": "0.450535000",
          "frame.time_relative": "0.450535000",
          "frame.number": "2",
          "frame.len": "86",
          "frame.cap_len": "86",
          "frame.marked": "0",
          "frame.ignored": "0",
          "frame.protocols": "eth:ethertype:ipv6:icmpv6",
          "frame.coloring_rule.name": "ICMP",
          "frame.coloring_rule.string": "icmp || icmpv6"
        "eth": {
          "eth.dst": "33:33:ff:9e:e3:8e",
          "eth.dst_tree": {
            "eth.dst_resolved": "33:33:ff:9e:e3:8e",
            "eth.dst.oui": "3355647",
            "eth.addr": "33:33:ff:9e:e3:8e",
            "eth.addr_resolved": "33:33:ff:9e:e3:8e",
            "eth.addr.oui": "3355647",
            "eth.dst.lg": "1",
            "eth.lg": "1",
            "eth.dst.ig": "1",
            "eth.ig": "1"
          "eth.src": "00:01:5c:62:8c:46",
          "eth.src_tree": {
            "eth.src_resolved": "00:01:5c:62:8c:46",
            "eth.src.oui": "348",
            "eth.src.oui_resolved": "Cadant Inc.",
            "eth.addr": "00:01:5c:62:8c:46",
            "eth.addr_resolved": "00:01:5c:62:8c:46",
            "eth.addr.oui": "348",
            "eth.addr.oui_resolved": "Cadant Inc.",
            "eth.src.lg": "0",
            "eth.lg": "0",
            "eth.src.ig": "0",
            "eth.ig": "0"
          "eth.type": "0x000086dd"
        "ipv6": {
          "ipv6.version": "6",
          "ip.version": "6",
          "ipv6.tclass": "0x00000000",
          "ipv6.tclass_tree": {
            "ipv6.tclass.dscp": "0",
            "ipv6.tclass.ecn": "0"
          "ipv6.flow": "0x00000000",
          "ipv6.plen": "32",
          "ipv6.nxt": "58",
          "ipv6.hlim": "255",
          "ipv6.src": "2001:558:4080:16::1",
          "ipv6.addr": "2001:558:4080:16::1",
          "ipv6.src_host": "2001:558:4080:16::1",
          "ipv6.host": "2001:558:4080:16::1",
          "ipv6.dst": "ff02::1:ff9e:e38e",
          "ipv6.addr": "ff02::1:ff9e:e38e",
          "ipv6.dst_host": "ff02::1:ff9e:e38e",
          "ipv6.host": "ff02::1:ff9e:e38e",
          "ipv6.geoip.src_summary": "US, ASN 7922, Comcast Cable Communications, LLC",
          "ipv6.geoip.src_summary_tree": {
            "ipv6.geoip.src_country": "United States",
            "ipv6.geoip.country": "United States",
            "ipv6.geoip.src_country_iso": "US",
            "ipv6.geoip.country_iso": "US",
            "ipv6.geoip.src_asnum": "7922",
            "ipv6.geoip.asnum": "7922",
            "ipv6.geoip.src_org": "Comcast Cable Communications, LLC",
            "ipv6.geoip.org": "Comcast Cable Communications, LLC",
            "ipv6.geoip.src_lat": "37.751",
            "ipv6.geoip.lat": "37.751",
            "ipv6.geoip.src_lon": "-97.822",
            "ipv6.geoip.lon": "-97.822"
        "icmpv6": {
          "icmpv6.type": "135",
          "icmpv6.code": "0",
          "icmpv6.checksum": "0x00005b84",
          "icmpv6.checksum.status": "1",
          "icmpv6.reserved": "00:00:00:00",
          "icmpv6.nd.ns.target_address": "2001:558:4080:16:be36:e4ff:fe9e:e38e",
          "icmpv6.opt": {
            "icmpv6.opt.type": "1",
            "icmpv6.opt.length": "1",
            "icmpv6.opt.linkaddr": "00:01:5c:62:8c:46",
            "icmpv6.opt.src_linkaddr": "00:01:5c:62:8c:46"

5.7.3. The “Export Selected Packet Bytes” Dialog Box

Export the bytes selected in the “Packet Bytes” pane into a raw binary file.

Figure 5.12. The “Export Selected Packet Bytes” dialog box

ws export selected

File name
The file name to export the packet data to.
Save as type
The file extension.

5.7.4. The “Export PDUs to File…​” Dialog Box

The “Export PDUs to File…​” dialog box allows you to filter the captured Protocol Data Units (PDUs) and export them into the file. It allows you to export reassembled PDUs avoiding lower layers such as HTTP without TCP, and decrypted PDUs without the lower protocols such as HTTP without TLS and TCP.

  1. In the main menu select FileExport PDUs to File…​. Wireshark will open a corresponding dialog Figure 5.13, “Export PDUs to File window”.

    Figure 5.13. Export PDUs to File window

    ws export pdus to file

  2. To select the data according to your needs, type the filter value into the Display Filter field. For more information about filters syntax, see the Wireshark Filters man page.
  3. In the field below the Display Filter field you can choose the level, from which you want to export the PDUs to the file. There are seven levels:

    1. DLT User. You can export a protocol, which is framed in the user data link type table without the need to reconfigure the DLT user table. For more information, see the How to Dissect Anything page.
    2. DVB-CI. You can use it for the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) protocol.
    3. Logcat and Logcat Text. You can use them for the Android logs.
    4. OSI layer 3. You can use it to export encapsulated in IPSec or SCTP protocols.
    5. OSI layer 4. You can use it to export encapsulated in TCP or UDP protocols.
    6. OSI layer 7. You can use it to export the following protocols: CredSSP over TLS, Diameter, protocols encapsulated in TLS and DTLS, H.248, Megaco, RELOAD framing, SIP, SMPP.


      You can add any dissector to the existing list, or define a new entry in the list.

  4. To finish exporting PDUs to file, click the OK button in the bottom-right corner.
  5. You can open the file from the main Wireshark window by choosing it in the bottom-left corner. That closes the originally captured file and opens the exported results instead.

5.7.5. The “Export TLS Session Keys…​” Dialog Box

Transport Layer Security (TLS) encrypts the communication between a client and a server. The most common use for it is web browsing via HTTPS.

Decryption of TLS traffic requires TLS secrets. You can get them in the form of stored session keys in a "key log file", or by using an RSA private key file. For more details, see the TLS wiki page.

The FileExport TLS Session Keys… menu option generates a new "key log file" which contains TLS session secrets known by Wireshark. This feature is useful if you typically decrypt TLS sessions using the RSA private key file. The RSA private key is very sensitive because it can be used to decrypt other TLS sessions and impersonate the server. Session keys can be used only to decrypt sessions from the packet capture file. However, session keys are the preferred mechanism for sharing data over the Internet.

To export captured TLS session keys, follow the steps below:

  1. In the main menu select FileExport TLS Session Keys…​. Wireshark will open a corresponding dialog Figure 5.14, “Export TLS Session Keys window”.

    Figure 5.14. Export TLS Session Keys window

    ws tls session keys

  2. Type the desired file name in the Save As field.
  3. Choose the destination folder for your file in the Where field.
  4. Press the Save button to complete the export file procedure.

5.7.6. The “Export Objects” Dialog Box

This feature scans through the selected protocol’s streams in the currently open capture file or running capture and allows the user to export reassembled objects to the disk. For example, if you select HTTP, you can export HTML documents, images, executables, and any other files transferred over HTTP to the disk. If you have a capture running, this list is automatically updated every few seconds with any new objects seen. The saved objects can then be opened or examined independently of Wireshark.

Figure 5.15. The “Export Objects” dialog box

ws export objects


The packet number in which this object was found. In some cases, there can be multiple objects in the same packet.
The hostname of the server that sent this object.
Content Type
The content type of this object.
The size of this object in bytes.

Filename: The filename for this object. Each protocol generates the filename differently. For example, HTTP uses the final part of the URI and IMF uses the subject of the email.


Text Filter
Only displays objects containing the specified text string.
Opens this section of the “User’s Guide”.
Save All
Saves all objects (including those not displayed) using the filename from the filename column. You will be asked what directory or folder to save them in.
Closes the dialog without exporting.
Saves the currently selected object as a filename you specify. The default filename to save as is taken from the filename column of the objects list.