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Install wireshark on Ubuntu



Can we install wireshark on Ubuntu machine. Please share the download link if that is possible.

asked 26 Nov '12, 20:50

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edited 26 Nov '12, 22:44

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I was successful with the set of commands below:

sudo apt-get install wireshark
sudo groupadd wireshark
sudo usermod -a -G wireshark YOUR_USER_NAME
sudo chgrp wireshark /usr/bin/dumpcap
sudo chmod 750 /usr/bin/dumpcap
sudo setcap cap_net_raw,cap_net_admin=eip /usr/bin/dumpcap
sudo getcap /usr/bin/dumpcap

answered 05 Dec '13, 20:43

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Guy Kroizman
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Actually there is a better way: sudo dpkg-reconfigure wireshark-common
And then choose Yes for allowing non-superusers to be able to capture packages. Taken from here:

(05 Dec '13, 20:54) Guy Kroizman

Installed as recommended and when Wireshark starts up get:

Couldn't run /usr/bin/dumpcap in child process: Permission denied

~$ lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS Release: 12.04 Codename: precise

(17 Jan '14, 08:50) ChiefDnd

On Ubuntu 13.10, you need to log out and log back in for your new group memberships (i.e. joining the wireshark group) to take effect. I needed to do this in order to be able to execute /usr/bin/dumpcap (and this may have been your problem @ChiefDnd)

(24 Mar '14, 08:51) wgeorge

Just went through this on Ubuntu 14.04 and found that even after doing the "sudo dpkg-reconfigure wireshark-common" and logging out and back in, I still wasn't in the wireshark group. I manually added myself by editing /etc/group and adding my username to the end of the wireshark line, then logged out and back in and then I was able to use wireshark OK.

(04 Aug '14, 16:30) Marnix

Please report this problem to the Ubuntu developers!

(04 Aug '14, 23:02) Kurt Knochner ♦

02/06/2016 and this bug still persist

(02 Jun '16, 04:18) razorborn

02/06/2016 and this bug still persist

As Kurt Knochner said, "Please report this problem to the Ubuntu developers!"

(02 Jun '16, 11:35) Guy Harris ♦♦
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Sure. You can install it from the Ubuntu Software center, or the Synaptic Package Manager or from the terminal by running the command: sudo apt-get install wireshark.

You can also install it from the source, you can download it from this link.

answered 26 Nov '12, 21:10

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edited 26 Nov '12, 21:11