How to Install Wireshark on Ubuntu 16.04

r00t July 31, 2017

Install Wireshark on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial we’ll learn how to install Wireshark on Ubuntu 16.04. We will also install and configure its prerequisites. Wireshark is an open-source network packet analyzer tool which tries to capture network packets and displays that packet data.

I recommend to use a minimal Ubuntu server setup as a basis for the tutorial, that can be a virtual or a root server image with an Ubuntu 16.04 minimal install from a web hosting company or you use our minimal server tutorial to install a server from scratch.

Wireshark Features

  • Cross- Platform
  • Capture live packet data from a network interface.
  • Import packets from text files containing hex dumps of packet data.
  • Display packets with very detailed protocol information.
  • Saves the captured packet data.
  • Export some or all packets in a number of capture file formats.
  • Filter packets on many criteria.
  • Search for packets on many criteria and many more features available.

Install Wireshark on Ubuntu 16.04

Step 1. First, ensure your system and apt package lists are fully up-to-date by running the following:

apt-get update -y && apt-get upgrade -y

Step 3. Installing Wireshark.

Add its package into repository via ppa:

add-apt-repository ppa:wireshark-dev/stable

Once it is done, update the machine and install the Wireshark package:

apt-get update
apt-get install wireshark

Once installed, open Wireshark from Ubuntu Dash.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully configured Wireshark on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS server.

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