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What is Wireshark?

Wireshark is the world’s most popular network protocol analyzer. It is used for troubleshooting, analysis, development and education.

What’s New

The Windows installers now ship with Qt 5.12.8. They previously shipped with Qt 5.12.6.

Bug Fixes

The following vulnerabilities have been fixed:

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • PVS-Studio analyser long list of issues. Bug 16335.

  • pcapng file dissector incorrectly computes nanoseconds from timestamps because it assumes the resolution is in nanoseconds. Bug 16440.

  • Read of uninitialized memory in detect_camins_file. Bug 16458.

  • Read of uninitialized memory in lanalyzer_read_trace_record. Bug 16459.

  • Range parameter on numeric parameter in extcap plugin doesn’t work. Bug 16510.

  • capinfos "Capture duration" output is truncated if there are more than 11 digits of seconds and fractions of a second. Bug 16519.

  • MIME Files Format/pcapng: Simple Packet Block parsed incorrectly. Bug 16526.

  • Buildbot crash output: fuzz-2020-05-13-12195.pcap. Bug 16564.

New and Updated Features

There are no new features in this release.

New Protocol Support

There are no new protocols in this release.

Updated Protocol Support

AoE, APRS, ASN.1 BER, FTP, GSM SMS, Infiniband, ISObus VT, MAC LTE, NFS, ONC RPC, OSC, pcapng, PDCP LTE, SDP, SIP, Snort, STUN, and UMTS FP

New and Updated Capture File Support

Camins, Catapult DCT 2000, Lanalyzer, and MPEG

New and Updated Capture Interfaces support

There is no new or updated capture file support in this release.

Getting Wireshark

Wireshark source code and installation packages are available from

Vendor-supplied Packages

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.

File Locations

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.

Getting Help

The User’s Guide, manual pages and various other documentation can be found at

Community support is available on Wireshark’s Q&A site and on the wireshark-users mailing list. Subscription information and archives for all of Wireshark’s mailing lists can be found on the web site.

Bugs and feature requests can be reported on the bug tracker.

Frequently Asked Questions

A complete FAQ is available on the Wireshark web site.