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How to retrieve Wireshark version during compilation


Hi all,

Anybody knows, how to get Wireshark version during compilation ? I am writing a dissector plugin, and I would like to be able to build this plugin under different version of Wireshark. The interface functions prototypes can differ in different version of Wireshark, so I would like to check it during build, something like this:


Is it possible to get a version somehow?

asked 01 Feb '16, 05:01

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2 Answers:


You should use the following preprocessor variables: VERSION_MAJOR, VERSION_MINOR, VERSION_MICRO

For example in my own plugins I use this kind of code:

#if (VERSION_MAJOR > 2) || ((VERSION_MAJOR == 2) && (VERSION_MINOR >= 1))
    sqnmbim_handle = create_dissector_handle(dissect_foo, proto_foo);
    sqnmbim_handle = new_create_dissector_handle(dissect_foo, proto_foo);

answered 01 Feb '16, 08:49

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Pascal Quantin
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Oops, @Pascal Quantin is correct, I forgot about the definitions in config.h, instead I looked for them on the compiler command line.

(01 Feb '16, 10:14) grahamb ♦


Unfortunately for you there's no pre-processor definition of the build version. I guess one could be generated by the build systems, CMake and autotools. I suggest you file an enhancement request for this on the Wireshark Bugzilla.

Edit: Ignore, the answer from @Pascal Quantin is the correct answer.

answered 01 Feb '16, 06:25

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grahamb ♦
accept rate: 22%

edited 01 Feb '16, 14:59