What is Wireshark?

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

Wireshark is hosted by the Wireshark Foundation, a nonprofit which promotes protocol analysis education. Wireshark and the foundation depend on your contributions in order to do their work. If you or your employer would like to contribute or become a sponsor, please visit wiresharkfoundation.org.

What’s New

Bug Fixes

This release fixes a software update issue on Windows which causes Wireshark to hang if you are upgrading from version 4.2.0 or 4.2.1. If you are experiencing this issue you will need to download and install Wireshark 4.2.2 or later.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • sharkd is not installed by the Windows installer. Issue 19556.

  • Fuzz job crash output: fuzz-2024-01-01-7740.pcap. Issue 19558.

  • Can’t open a snoop file from the Open dialog box unless I select \"All files\" as the file type. Issue 19565.

  • Add s4607 dissector to \"decode as\" Issue 19566.

  • Updater for 4.2.1 hangs. Issue 19568.

New and Updated Features

There are no new or updated features in this release.

New Protocol Support

There are no new protocols in this release.

Updated Protocol Support


New and Updated Capture File Support

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

Prior Versions

This document only describes the changes introduced in Wireshark 4.2.2. You can find release notes for prior versions at the following locations:

Getting Wireshark

Wireshark source code and installation packages are available from https://www.wireshark.org/download.html.

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 Help  About Wireshark  Folders or tshark -G 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 https://www.wireshark.org/docs/

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 issue tracker.

You can learn protocol analysis and meet Wireshark’s developers at SharkFest.

How You Can Help

The Wireshark Foundation helps as many people as possible understand their networks as much as possible. You can find out more and donate at wiresharkfoundation.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

A complete FAQ is available on the Wireshark web site.