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Wireshark (previously known as Ethereal)

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In Brief

Multi-platform protocol analyzer.


Functional Categories:
  • Server Utilities
  • Workgroup
  • Posted:6 Feb 2006
    License:GNU General Public License
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    Publisher: CACE Technologies


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    Domnic Mendes, who had a positive experience with this tool, thought Wireshark would be a good addition to Cool Tools.

    Wireshark is one of the world's foremost network protocol analyzers, and is the standard in many parts of the industry. It is the continuation of a project that started in 1998. Hundreds of developers around the world have contributed to it, and it it still under active development.

    Wireshark has a rich feature set which includes the following:

    • Standard three-pane packet browser
    • Multi-platform: Runs on Windows, Linux, OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and many others
    • Multi-interface: Along with a standard GUI, Wireshark includes TShark, a text-mode analyzer which is useful for remote capture, analysis, and scripting
    • The most powerful display filters in the industry
    • VoIP analysis
    • Live capture and offline analysis are supported
    • Read/write many different capture file formats: tcpdump (libpcap), NAI's Sniffer ™ (compressed and uncompressed), Sniffer ™ Pro, NetXray ™, Sun snoop and atmsnoop, Shomiti/Finisar Surveyor, AIX's iptrace, Microsoft's Network Monitor, Novell's LANalyzer, RADCOM's WAN/LAN Analyzer, HP-UX nettl, i4btrace from the ISDN4BSD project, Cisco Secure IDS iplog, the pppd log (pppdump-format), the AG Group's/WildPacket's EtherPeek/TokenPeek/AiroPeek, Visual Networks' Visual UpTime and many others
    • Capture files compressed with gzip can be decompressed on the fly
    • Hundreds of protocols are supported, with more being added all the time
    • Coloring rules can be applied to the packet list, which eases analysis

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