udpdump - Provide an UDP receiver that gets packets from network devices (like Aruba routers) and exports them in PCAP format.


udpdump [ --help ] [ --version ] [ --extcap-interfaces ] [ --extcap-dlts ] [ --extcap-interface=<interface> ] [ --extcap-config ] [ --capture ] [ --fifo=<path to file or pipe> ] [ --port=<port> ] [ --payload=<type> ]


udpdump is a extcap tool that provides an UDP receiver that listens for exported datagrams coming from any source (like Aruba routers) and exports them in PCAP format. This provides the user two basic functionalities: the first one is to have a listener that prevents the localhost to send back an ICMP port-unreachable packet. The second one is to strip out the lower layers (layer 2, IP, UDP) that are useless (are used just as export vector). The format of the exported datagrams are EXPORTED_PDU, as specified in;a=blob;f=epan/exported_pdu.h;hb=refs/heads/master



Print program arguments.


Print program version.


List available interfaces.


Use specified interfaces.


List DLTs of specified interface.


List configuration options of specified interface.


Start capturing from specified interface save saved it in place specified by --fifo.

--fifo=<path to file or pipe>

Save captured packet to file or send it through pipe.


Set the listerner port. Port 5555 is the default.


Set the payload of the exported PDU. Default: data.


To see program arguments:

    udpdump --help

To see program version:

    udpdump --version

To see interfaces:

    udpdump --extcap-interfaces

  Example output:
    interface {value=udpdump}{display=UDP Listener remote capture}

To see interface DLTs:

    udpdump --extcap-interface=udpdump --extcap-dlts

  Example output:
    dlt {number=252}{name=udpdump}{display=Exported PDUs}

To see interface configuration options:

    udpdump --extcap-interface=udpdump --extcap-config

  Example output:
    arg {number=0}{call=--port}{display=Listen port}{type=unsigned}{range=1,65535}{default=5555}{tooltip=The port the receiver listens on}

To capture:

    udpdump --extcap-interface=randpkt --fifo=/tmp/randpkt.pcapng --capture

NOTE: To stop capturing CTRL+C/kill/terminate application.


wireshark(1), tshark(1), dumpcap(1), extcap(4)


udpdump is part of the Wireshark distribution. The latest version of Wireshark can be found at

HTML versions of the Wireshark project man pages are available at:


  Original Author
  Dario Lombardo             <lomato[AT]>