This is our old Q&A Site. Please post any new questions and answers at

When the Nordic sniffer sends the capture to Wireshark, it adds a very useful extra "header" (Nordic BLE sniffer meta) that includes the direction of the packet, freq channel, etc. Wireshark has no problem parsing this header and everything looks good.

If one saves the capture and then opens it again, the capture gets all messed up because Wireshark does not parse the "Nodic BLE sniffer meta" header and starts analyzing the packet as if the "Nordic meta" header was the beginning of the BLE packet. Is there any way to fix this or force Wireshark to digest the "Nordic meta" header?


asked 06 Nov '15, 08:32

softhandover's gravatar image

accept rate: 0%

The issue is likely to be with the Nordic BLE Sniffer plugin produced by Nordic, you'll have to ask them for support.

Note that as I can't locate the sources for the plugins on the Nordic site, they *might* be committing a GPL violation by distributing the plugins without a) the GPL licence, b) making an offer to make the sources available. The licence in the plugin [download]( doesn't appear to be GPL compliant, nor mention GPL components.


I've now found the source and the GPL for the plugins in the download, in the sub-zip

Apologies to Nordic, they are distributing the sources, under the GPL, but you still need to get support for the plugins from them.

permanent link

answered 06 Nov '15, 09:09

grahamb's gravatar image

grahamb ♦
accept rate: 22%

edited 06 Nov '15, 09:22

Thanks a lot for the reply! Adafruit also provides the code for the Nordic BLE dissector:

It is also included in the file (packet-btle.c and packet-nordic_ble.c). I will try compiling them into Wireshark. In C:\Program Files\Wireshark\plugins\1.12.7 there is a nordic_ble.dll already, but I am not sure if that includes both packet types, though.


(06 Nov '15, 10:17) softhandover

The plugin you have in ...\plugins\1.2.7 definitely came from Nordic, as Wireshark does not distribute a plugin with that name.

(06 Nov '15, 10:41) grahamb ♦
Your answer
toggle preview

Follow this question

By Email:

Once you sign in you will be able to subscribe for any updates here



Answers and Comments

Markdown Basics

  • *italic* or _italic_
  • **bold** or __bold__
  • link:[text]( "title")
  • image?![alt text](/path/img.jpg "title")
  • numbered list: 1. Foo 2. Bar
  • to add a line break simply add two spaces to where you would like the new line to be.
  • basic HTML tags are also supported

Question tags:


question asked: 06 Nov '15, 08:32

question was seen: 3,273 times

last updated: 06 Nov '15, 10:41

p​o​w​e​r​e​d by O​S​Q​A