Wireshark

RATING:

4.6

(37)

About Wireshark

Wireshark is an open-source network protocol analyzer that lets organizations capture and analyze signals and data traffic across communication networks. It enables IT professionals to detect network issues, analyze and resolve errors and define software and communications protocols. Using the terminal-based system, TShark, users can analyze network packets from existing files, collect packet data from a live network and store them in a centralized repository. Features of Wireshark include data filtering, analytics, data visualization, SSL security, network monitoring, automated notifications and more. Additionally, employees can use the application to read live data from various network types, including ethernet, USBs, token ring and more. Wireshark comes wit...

Wireshark Pricing

Wireshark is available to users for free.

Free trial: 

Not Available

Free version: 

Available

Wireshark analyzing network problems
Slide 1 of 3

Wireshark Reviews

Overall Rating

4.6

Ratings Breakdown

Secondary Ratings

Ease-of-use

4

Customer Support

4

Value for money

4.5

Functionality

4.5

Most Helpful Reviews for Wireshark

1 - 5 of 37 Reviews

User Profile

Ravi

Verified reviewer

Computer & Network Security, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed February 2024

Exploring Networks with Wireshark: A Powerful Tool for Network Analysis

Wireshark offers a highly positive experience for users involved in network analysis, troubleshooting, and security auditing. Its comprehensive feature set, user-friendly interface, and extensive protocol support make it a go-to tool for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Wireshark's ability to capture and dissect network traffic in real-time provides invaluable insights into network behavior, aiding in the identification and resolution of issues ranging from connectivity issues to security threats.

PROS

Comprehensive Protocol Support, User-Friendly Interface, Real-Time Monitoring Capabilities, Powerful Filtering and Search Functionality, Active Community Support

CONS

Steep Learning Curve for Beginners, Resource Intensive, Overwhelming Amount of Information, Limited Support for Encrypted Traffic, Potential Security Risks

youssef

Computer Software, 1 employee

Used daily for less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed January 2023

wireshark review

PROS

It helps you keep track of network traffic and packet analysis. You can filter results by protocol to find what you're looking for. It is available on Windows, Linux, and macOS. It supports multiple output formats such as XML and CSV.

CONS

might need a learning curve to find the best filter for your needs

Reasons for switching to Wireshark

wire shark offers more advanced analysis options

User Profile

Rabinson

Verified reviewer

Computer Software, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

3

EASE OF USE

2

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed February 2021

Great tool for

PROS

I save a lot of time when I was debugging a request. I could easily see the payload between.

CONS

The UI is somewhat old fashioned I can be better than that.

Maha

Computer Software, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

4

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

3

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed September 2023

Wireshark: A reference network monitoring tool that everyone should use

Very effective network sniffing and monitoring tool. Can be used to monitor network traffic in many different applications and scenarios.

PROS

I use Wireshark in all my computer networks, computer security, and database courses to demonstrate to students the format of network packets and the specifications of the protocols used in these courses from HTTP, DNS, TCP, IP, ICMP, ARP, ... We also use Wireshark to better understand network security protocols such as Diffie-Hellman, Kerberos, IPSec, SSL/TLS to name few. Wireshark provides a hierarchical display of the packets encoded in human-friendly fashion. Very easy to install and link to an interface to start sniffing traffic and analyzing it. The filters are very powerful and effective and one can literally categorize traffic based on any field in the headers of the protocols in the TCP/IP suite. I wonder if there is any other open-source package providing the same features as Wireshark. The wireless promiscuous mode is amazing as it allows the user to sniff traffic from any network device given the necessary privileges to do that.

CONS

Definitely applying filters would be at first intricate for beginners and students but by some practical examples on the correct syntax it would become a second nature. Would be really happier if the PCAP library is embedded in the same installer.

Wassim

Computer Networking, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

3

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

4

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed July 2023

Wireshark: the one and only data sniffer for network monitoring

I can't imagine testing network protocol operation without using Wireshark. Network sniffing for security penetration testing is always tested using Wireshark or TCPdump.

PROS

Wireshark is a must for monitoring the data communication on the network links. The main features I really enjoy in Wireshark is its ability to demonstrate the encapsulated payloads and headers at the different layers: Messages at the Application layer, Segments at the Transport Layer, Packets/Datagrams at the Network/IP layer, and Frames at the DataLink layer. The filtering mechanism in Wireshark is so practical where you can filter packets based on the different protocol fields such as the source IP, destination IP, source port, destination port, TCP control bits (Syn, Fin, Ack, etc.). Wireshark can operate in the promiscuous mode and can sniff data at the different available interfaces. Captured packets can be stored offline for later analysis.

CONS

Wireshark is very appealing. Some improvements can be made to the interface to make it more user friendly. Moreover the need to preinstall some prerequisite libraries such as pcap make the deployment a bit complicated for beginners and students.