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Wireshark is the world's most popular network protocol analyzer. It is used for troubleshooting, analysis, development, and education.
Too many bugs have been fixed since the 1.0 release to list here. Some notable fixes are:
Type-ahead search now works properly.
Several bugs that affected capture from pipes have been fixed.
Many Lua-related bugs have been fixed.
Several memory leaks have been found and fixed.
The "Follow TCP Stream" feature could show two streams at the same time The hex dump view has been narrowed.
WPA and SSL decryption bugs have been fixed.
Readability problems on 256-color displays on Windows have been fixed.
The following features are new (or have been significantly updated) since version 1.0:
Wireshark has a spiffy new start page.
Display filters now autocomplete.
A 64-bit Windows (x64) installer is now provided.
Support for the c-ares resolver library has been added. It has many advantages over ADNS.
Many new protocol dissectors and capture file formats have been added (see below for a complete list).
Macintosh OS X support has been improved.
OpenStreetMap + GeoIP integration.
Improved Postscript® print output.
The preference handling code is now much smarter about changes.
Support for Pcap-ng, the next-generation capture file format.
Support for process information correlation via IPFIX.
Column widths are now saved.
The last used configuration profile is now saved.
Protocol preferences are changeable from the packet details context menu.
Support for IP packet comparison.
Capinfos now shows the average packet rate.
GTK1 is no longer supported. (Yes, this is a feature.)
Official Windows packages are now built using Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1.
Anything in Anything Protocol, ATM PW, N-to-one Cell Mode, B.A.T.M.A.N. Layer 3 Protocol, BACnet MS/TP, BSS LCS Assistance Protocol, Canon BJNP, CESoPSN basic NxDS0 mode (no RTP support), Charging ASE, Cimetrics MS/TP, DECT Protocol, Digital Private Signalling System No 1 Link Layer, DOCSIS Mac Domain Description, DOCSIS Registration Request Multipart, DOCSIS Registration Response Multipart, DOCSIS Synchronisation Message, E100 Encapsulation, EHS, Enhanced Variable Rate Codec, Ethernet Global Data, Ethernet PW, Exchange 2003 Directory Request For Response, Far End Failure Detection, FCoE Initialization Protocol, GOOSE, GPEF, GPRS Tunneling Protocol V2, GSM A-I/F COMMON, GSM A-I/F GPRS Mobility and Session Management, GSM SACCH, GSM Um Interface, HDLC PW, FR port mode (no CW), HDLC-like framing for PPP, IEC 60870-5-104,Apci, IEC 60870-5-104,Asdu, IEEE 802.15.4 Low-Rate Wireless PAN non-ASK PHY, IEEE C37.118 Synchrophasor Protocol, Intelligent Platform Management Interface (Session Wrapper), Inter-Integrated Circuit, Internal TDM, IPSICTL, ISMACryp Protocol, iWARP Direct Data Placement and Remote Direct Memory Access Protocol, iWARP Marker Protocol data unit Aligned framing, Kontiki Delivery Protocol, LANforge Traffic Generator, Layer 1 Event Messages, Lb-I/F BSSMAP LE, LeCroy VICP, Link Access Procedure, Channel Dm (LAPDm), Local Download Sharing Service, LTE Radio Resource Control (RRC) protocol, MAC-LTE, Memcache Protocol, Mesh Header, MP4V-ES, Nasdaq TotalView-ITCH, Nasdaq-SoupTCP version 2.0, NAT Port Mapping Protocol, Netdump Protocol, Non-Access-Stratum (NAS)PDU, PacketLogger, Paltalk Messenger Protocol, PDCP-LTE, PW Associated Channel Header, PW Ethernet Control Word, PW Frame Relay DLCI Control Word, PW MPLS Control Word (generic/preferred), Real-Time Publish-Subscribe Wire Protocol 2.x, Remote Packet Capture, RLC-LTE, SAToP (no RTP support), SERCOS III V1.1, SIMULCRYPT Protocol, Subnetwork Dependent Convergence Protocol XID, Teamspeak2 Protocol, TTEthernet, TTEthernet Protocol Control Frame, Turbocell Aggregate Data, Turbocell Header, TURN Channel, Unreliable Multicast Inter-ORB Protocol, VCDU, Wave Short Message Protocol(IEEE P1609.3), Wireless Access Station Session Protocol, Wireshark Expert Info, World of Warcraft, Xpress Transport Protocol, ZigBee Application Framework, ZigBee Application Support Layer, ZigBee Device Profile, ZigBee Encapsulation Protocol, ZigBee Network Layer, Zipped Inter-ORB Protocol, ZRTP
Wireshark source code and installation packages are available from the download page on the main web site.
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.
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.
Wireshark may appear offscreen on multi-monitor Windows systems. (Bug 553)
Wireshark might make your system disassociate from a wireless network on OS X. (Bug 1315)
Dumpcap might not quit if Wireshark or TShark crashes. (Bug 1419)
The BER dissector might infinitely loop. (Bug 1516)
Wireshark can't dynamically update the packet list. This means that host name resolutions above a certain response time threshold won't show up in the packet list. (Bug 1605)
Capture filters aren't applied when capturing from named pipes. (Bug 1814)
Wireshark might freeze when reading from a pipe. (Bug 2082)
Filtering tshark captures with display filters (-R) no longer works. (Bug 2234)
The 64-bit Windows installer does not ship with the same libraries as the 32-bit installer.
Community support is available on the wireshark-users mailing list. Subscription information and archives for all of Wireshark's mailing lists can be found on the web site.
Commercial support, training, and development services are available from CACE Technologies.
A complete FAQ is available on the Wireshark web site.