Installing Wireshark

Practice Labs Module
Time
1 hour
Difficulty
Intermediate

The "Downloading and Installing Wireshark" module provide you with the instructions and devices to develop your hands-on skills in the following topics: Download and Installing Wireshark.

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Overview

Introduction

The Downloading and Installing Wireshark module provide you with the instructions and devices to develop your hands-on skills in the following topics.

  • Download and Installing Wireshark

Lab time: It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Downloading and Installing Wireshark

Wireshark is a free open-source packet analyzer. It is similar to TCPdump, but uses a powerful and well-implemented GUI that greatly improves and simplifies its usage. Like TCPdump, Wireshark uses the libpcap or WinPcap library to capture and store traffic information. One of the great things about Wireshark is whether you use it on Windows, Linux or Mac the Interface is consistent.

A key difference to log files, however, is that Pcap files store the contents of packets which are captured. Logs can be misleading as they can tell you what events happened in terms of processes but not what the client specifically requested from the host.

In this exercise you will complete the following tasks:

  • Downloading Wireshark
  • Installing Wireshark
  • Wireshark Launch Modes