The sources contain several documentation files. It’s a good idea to read these files first. After obtaining the sources, tools and libraries, the first place to look at is doc/README.developer. Inside you will find the latest information for Wireshark development for all supported platforms.
|Build Wireshark before changing anything|
It is a very good idea to first test your complete build environment (including running and debugging Wireshark) before making any changes to the source code (unless otherwise noted).
Building Wireshark for the first time depends on your platform.
The recommended (and fastest) way to build Wireshark is with CMake and Ninja:
# Starting from your Wireshark source directory, create a build directory # alongside it. $ cd .. $ mkdir wireshark-ninja $ cd wireshark-ninja # Assumes your source directory is named "wireshark". $ cmake -G Ninja ../wireshark $ ninja (or cmake --build .)
If you need to build with a non-standard configuration, you can run
$ cmake -LH ../wireshark
to see what options you have.
Follow the build procedure in Section 2.2.12, “Build Wireshark” to build Wireshark.
After the build process has successfully finished, you should find a
Wireshark.exe and some other files in the