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Winpcap( provides lots of functions, such as pcap_setfilter/pcap_compile...,so we can write a software using C language, which can capture packets from interface card or filter packet from files using capture filter.

But some times I want to capture or filter using display filter in my software. How can I do this? Does wireshark provides C language functions similar to pcap_setfilter/pcap_compile/pcap_open...?

Thanks a lot

If analyse few files manualy, tshark is ok. But I want to analyse a lot of files automaticlly

For example, if I want to filter thousands of files, how can I count the matched packets number in each file? how can I write matched packets to one file or few files?

Can tshark command line help me to do? Thank you

asked 12 Nov '16, 00:15

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edited 13 Nov '16, 21:50

Display filtering is done by the Wireshark engine in libwireshark but this is NOT built to be used as an external library by other applications, although a few have managed to do so.

You might be better off using the command line application tshark to filter for you.

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answered 12 Nov '16, 03:05

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Following up your supplemental question, you'll need to supply a display filter in the call to tshark and then parse the output.

There is a tshark man page that list all the tshark options, you might be interested in the -z <statistics> part.

(14 Nov '16, 02:25) grahamb ♦
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