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As with all things there must be a beginning and so it is with Wireshark. To use Wireshark you must first install it. If you are running Windows or Mac OS X you can download an official release at https://www.wireshark.org/download.html, install it, and skip the rest of this chapter.
If you are running another operating system such as Linux or FreeBSD you might want to install from source. Several Linux distributions offer Wireshark packages but they commonly ship out-of-date versions. No other versions of UNIX ship Wireshark so far. For that reason, you will need to know where to get the latest version of Wireshark and how to install it.
This chapter shows you how to obtain source and binary packages and how to build Wireshark from source should you choose to do so.
The following are the general steps you would use: