how to use wireshark to capture packets

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1. Double-click the shortcut icon en-us_image_0093019005.png to start Wireshark.

The Wireshark home page shown in Figure 1 is displayed.

Figure 1 Wireshark home page


2. Choose Capture > Option.

The window shown in Figure 2 is displayed.

Figure 2 Capture Options window


  • Interface

    This parameter is used for selecting the NIC for packet capturing.

    • Capture Filter

      This parameter is used for setting filter criteria. After setting the filter criteria, Wireshark captures only the packets that meet the filter criteria. For example, if you enter host in the box, only the packets sent and received by the host whose IP address is are captured.

      This parameter allows users to set simple filter criteria. Table 1 lists typical filter criteria types.

      Table 1 Filter criteria types for Capture Filter

      To Capture...


      Packets whose MAC address is 08:00:08:15:ca:fe

      ether host 08:00:08:15:ca:fe

      Packets whose IP address is


      Packets whose TCP port number is 80 between the local host and other hosts

      tcp port 80

      Packets sent and received by the host whose IP address is except for HTTP packets (packets whose TCP port number is 80)

      host and not tcp port 80

  • Capture File(s)

    This parameter is used for storing the captured packets in a file. Ensure that the storage path has sufficient space.

  • Display Options
    This parameter is used for setting whether to display packet capturing results in real time.
    • If Update list of packets in real time is selected, you can view the list of captured packets in real time.
    • If Automatic scrolling in live capture is selected, the captured packets are displayed in auto scroll mode.
    • If Hide capture info dialog is not selected, packet capturing statistics including the number of each type of captured protocol packets and the capture progress are displayed in real time, as shown in Figure 3.
      Figure 3 Real-time packet capturing statistics

3. Click Start.

Wireshark starts to capture packets. The Wireshark home page displays the information about each packet, as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4 Wireshark home page

4. Choose Capture > Stop.

Wireshark stops capturing packets.

5. Choose File > Save As.

The Wireshark: Save File As window is displayed. Enter the file name and set the file storage path as prompted.

6. Click OK.

The captured packets are saved.

7. Choose File > Quit to exit Wireshark.

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