Wireshark 2.5.1 Development Release

March 15, 2018

Wireshark 2.5.1 has been released.

This is a semi-experimental release intended to test new features for Wireshark 2.6.

Many user interface improvements have been made. See below for more details.

The following features are new (or have been significantly updated) since version 2.5.0:

  • HTTP Referer statistics are now supported.

  • Wireshark now supports MaxMind DB files. Support for GeoIP and GeoLite Legacy databases has been removed.

  • The Windows packages are now built using Microsoft Visual Studio 2017.

  • The IP map feature (the “Map” button in the “Endpoints” dialog) has been removed.

The following features are new (or have been significantly updated) since version 2.4.0:

  • Display filter buttons can now be edited, disabled, and removed via a context menu directly from the toolbar
  • Drag & Drop filter fields to the display filter toolbar or edit to create a button on the fly or apply the filter as a display filter.
  • Application startup time has been reduced.
  • Some keyboard shortcut mix-ups have been resolved by assigning new shortcuts to Edit → Copy methods.
  • TShark now supports color using the --color option.
  • The "matches" display filter operator is now case-insensitive.
  • Display expression (button) preferences have been converted to a UAT. This puts the display expressions in their own file. Wireshark still supports preference files that contain the old preferences, but new preference files will be written without the old fields.
  • SMI private enterprise numbers are now read from the "enterprises.tsv" configuration file.
  • The QUIC dissector has been renamed to Google QUIC (quic → gquic).
  • The selected packet number can now be shown in the Status Bar by enabling Preferences → Appearance → Layout → Show selected packet number.
  • File load time in the Status Bar is now disabled by default and can be enabled in Preferences → Appearance → Layout → Show file load time.
  • Support for the G.729A codec in the RTP Player is now added via the bcg729 library.
  • Support for hardware-timestamping of packets has been added.
  • Improved NetMon .cap support with comments, event tracing, network filter, network info types and some Message Analyzer exported types.
  • The personal plugins folder on Linux/Unix is now ~/.local/lib/wireshark/plugins.
  • TShark can print flow graphs using -z flow…
  • Capinfos now prints SHA256 hashes in addition to RIPEMD160 and SHA1. MD5 output has been removed.
  • The packet editor has been removed. (This was a GTK+ only experimental feature.)
  • Support BBC micro:bit Bluetooth profile
  • The Linux and UNIX installation step for Wireshark will now install headers required to build plugins. A pkg-config file is provided to help with this (see doc/plugins.example for details). Note you must still rebuild all plugins between minor releases (X.Y).
  • The Windows installers and packages now ship with Qt 5.9.4.
Official releases are available right now from the download page.