5.2. Binary library formats

Binary libraries are available in different formats, depending on the C compiler used to build it and of course the platform they were built for.

5.2.1. Unix

If you have installed unix binary libraries on your system, they will match the C compiler. If not already installed, the libraries should be available as a package from the platform installer, or you can download and compile the source and then install the binaries.

5.2.2. Win32: MSVC

Most of the Win32 binary libraries you will find on the web are in this format. You will recognize MSVC libraries by the .lib/.dll file extension.

5.2.3. Win32: cygwin gcc

Cygwin provides most of the required libraries (with file extension .a or .lib) for Wireshark suitable for cygwin’s gcc compiler.