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Wireshark (64-bit)

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Wireshark (64-bit)

  -  82.5 MB  -  Freeware
  • Latest Version

    Wireshark 4.2.4 (64-bit) LATEST

  • Review by

    Daniel Leblanc

  • Operating System

    Windows 8 (64-bit) / Windows 10 (64-bit) / Windows 11

  • User Rating

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  • Author / Product

    Wireshark Foundation / External Link

  • Filename


The Ethereal network protocol analyzer has changed its name to Wireshark 64-bit. The name might be new, but the software is the same. Wireshark's powerful features make it the tool of choice for network troubleshooting, protocol development, and education worldwide.

An open-source network protocol analyzer that lets you capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network.

Originally named Ethereal, it was rebranded as Wireshark in 2006 and has since become a go-to tool for network troubleshooting, analysis, software and communication protocol development, and education. It's available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and other Unix-like operating systems.

The app was written by networking experts around the world and is an example of the power of open-source. Wireshark 64-bit is used by network professionals around the world for analysis, troubleshooting, software and protocol development, and education.

The program has all of the standard features you would expect in a protocol analyzer, and several features not seen in any other product. Its open source license allows talented experts in the networking community to add enhancements.

  • Deep inspection of hundreds of protocols, with more being added all the time
  • Live capture and offline analysis
  • Standard three-pane packet browser
  • Multi-platform: Runs on Windows, Linux, macOS, Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and many others
  • Captured network data can be browsed via a GUI, or via the TTY-mode TShark utility
  • The most powerful display filters in the industry
  • Rich VoIP analysis
  • Read/write many different capture file formats: tcpdump (libpcap), Pcap NG, Catapult DCT2000, Cisco Secure IDS iplog, Microsoft Network Monitor, Network General Sniffer® (compressed and uncompressed), Sniffer® Pro, and NetXray®, Network Instruments Observer, NetScreen snoop, Novell LANalyzer, RADCOM WAN/LAN Analyzer, Shomiti/Finisar Surveyor, Tektronix K12xx, Visual Networks Visual UpTime, WildPackets EtherPeek/TokenPeek/AiroPeek, and many others
  • Capture files compressed with gzip can be decompressed on the fly
  • Live data can be read from Ethernet, IEEE 802.11, PPP/HDLC, ATM, Bluetooth, USB, Token Ring, Frame Relay, FDDI, and others (depending on your platform)
  • Decryption support for many protocols, including IPsec, ISAKMP, Kerberos, SNMPv3, SSL/TLS, WEP, and WPA/WPA2
  • Coloring rules can be applied to the packet list for quick, intuitive analysis
  • Output can be exported to XML, PostScript®, CSV, or plain text
  • Packet Analysis: It captures data packets from a network in real-time or from saved capture files for in-depth analysis.
  • Deep Inspection: Users can inspect hundreds of protocols, including Ethernet, IP, TCP, HTTP, DNS, and more, to diagnose network issues or investigate security incidents.
  • Filtering: Advanced filtering capabilities allow users to sift through large volumes of data to focus on specific packets or protocols.
  • Protocol Decoding: The app decodes packet contents into human-readable formats, aiding in understanding network communication.
  • VoIP Analysis: Support for VoIP protocols enables analysis of voice and video communications.
  • Exporting: Captured data can be exported to various file formats for further analysis or sharing.
  • Extensibility: It offers a rich ecosystem of plugins and scripts for extending functionality.
User Interface

It features a comprehensive graphical user interface (GUI) with multiple panes for packet display, packet details, packet list, and more. It provides color-coded packet highlighting for easy identification of various protocols and types of traffic.

Installation and Setup

Installing this program is straightforward on most platforms. Users can download the installer from the official website or FileHorse and follow the on-screen instructions. On Windows, it also offers an option to install WinPcap or Npcap for packet capture.

How to Use
  • Launch the tool and select the network interface for capturing packets.
  • Start capturing packets by clicking the "Start" button.
  • Analyze captured packets in real-time or from saved capture files.
  • Apply filters to focus on specific packets or protocols.
  • Use built-in tools for deep packet inspection, protocol decoding, and analysis.
  • Export relevant data for further investigation or reporting.

Can Wireshark 64bit capture encrypted traffic?
It can capture encrypted traffic, but it cannot decrypt it unless the user has access to the encryption keys.

Does Wireshark support wireless network capture?
Yes, it supports capturing packets from wireless networks, but it requires compatible hardware and drivers.

Is Wireshark legal to use?
Yes, the software is legal to use for network analysis and troubleshooting. However, using it for unauthorized interception of network traffic may be illegal in some jurisdictions.

Can Wireshark be used for cybersecurity purposes?
Yes, the program is commonly used by cybersecurity professionals for analyzing network traffic, detecting anomalies, and investigating security incidents.

What are some common troubleshooting scenarios where Wireshark is useful?
It can help troubleshoot network connectivity issues, performance problems, security breaches, and application communication errors, among others.


Thge tool is open-source and available for FREE under the GNU General Public License.

System Requirements

The program is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and other Unix-like operating systems. System requirements vary depending on the platform and usage scenario but generally include a reasonable amount of RAM and disk space for packet capture and analysis.

  • Comprehensive protocol support
  • Extensive filtering and analysis capabilities
  • Open-source and free
  • Active community and ongoing development
  • Cross-platform compatibility
  • Steep learning curve for beginners
  • Requires understanding of networking concepts
  • Limited support for decrypting encrypted traffic
  • Resource-intensive for capturing and analyzing large data volumes
Also Available: Wireshark (32-bit), Wireshark for Mac and Wireshark Portable

  • Wireshark 4.2.4 (64-bit) Screenshots

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What's new in this version:

- Extcap with configuration never starts; "Configure all extcaps before start of capture." is shown instead
- Packet Dissection CSV Export includes last column even if hidden
- Inject TLS secrets closes Wireshark on Windows
- Fuzz job issue: fuzz-2024-02-27-7196.pcap
- Wireshark crashes when adding another port to the HTTP dissector
- Fuzz job issue: fuzz-2024-03-03-7204.pcap
- Fuzz job issue: randpkt-2024-03-05-8004.pcap
- When adding a new row to a table an error report may be inserted
- '--export-objects' does not work as expected on tshark version later than 3.2.10
- Fuzz job issue: fuzz-2024-03-21-7215.pcap

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