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WebSocket packets are not visible in Wireshark 2.2.7 in macOS Sierra but when i open the same trace file in Windows or Linux version the packets are there and visible by protocol.

Is there any way to enable viewing WebSocket packets in macOS?

asked 09 Jun '17, 22:45

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The dissector engine is independent of the OS. Therefore I guess it's more an issue of your preferences.

  • Is 'Websocket' enabled ('Analyze' -> 'Enabled Protocols' -> 'WebSocket') on your macOS installation?
  • Any customized profile configured?
(11 Jun '17, 08:45) Uli

WebSocket is enabled in 'Enabled Protocols' settings, and I did a clean reinstallation to see if it has to do anything with settings but there are still no WebSocket frames visible.

(11 Jun '17, 09:03) milosr

Can you share the pcap showing this issue?

(11 Jun '17, 11:08) Uli

Just tested it with Wireshark 2.2.7 on macOS 10.12.5. Here WebSocket is dissected without any problem.

Therefore I still guess it's an issue of your (user) settings. A reinstallation will not remove these.

For testing you can rename your personal configuration folder (To find the location go to: Wireshark -> About Wireshark -> Folders) and restart Wireshark.

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answered 12 Jun '17, 08:36

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I deleted the .wireshark personal folder and restarted Wireshark. It now displays the WebSocket packets.

Thank you.

(12 Jun '17, 21:22) milosr

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(13 Jun '17, 00:49) grahamb ♦
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