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Wireshark for Mac

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  • 5.0 stars

    "macs join the big league with this tool"

    November 22, 2011  |   By neuralstatic

    Version: Wireshark 1.6.4

    Pros

    world standard application

    Cons

    complicated to a novice

    Summary

    ignore the people saying it won't work... it's not the average drag and drop and click app, but if it's needed it's fantastic.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Ver 1.6.0 It works in Snow Leopard 10.6.8 ;-)"

    July 9, 2011  |   By Jase989

    Version: Wireshark 1.6.0

    Pros

    Has all the same great features as the Windows & Linux versions. Can deep inspect network packets Has been ported to OS X using X11 platform. I us this all the time with my CISCO training.

    Cons

    This tool is not for casual users. You should at the lease have some technical knowledge on networking to understand what your looking at

    Summary

    Top Tip select the right interface before you start capturing packet.
    The interfaces have have unix names: en0 = Airport, en1 = ethernet port.
    if in doubt open a terminal window and run command: ifconfig -a

    I hope this gets updated when the new Lion OS is launched soon.
    because it's the best free packet sniffer in the business.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "V1.4.4 fails to launch with error?"

    March 3, 2011  |   By James Garvin

    Version: Wireshark 1.4.4

    Pros

    Great utility when it's working!

    Cons

    Updates don't work for every Mac; PPC and Intel Core Duo for instance.

    Summary

    I found this error in the OS X 10.6.6 system logs:

    "/Applications/Wireshark/Wireshark.app/Contents/Resources/bin/wireshark-bin: Bad CPU type in executable"

    That tells me my Intel Core Duo is not supported by this version, only Core2 Duo's and above should download (as far as I know) versions above 1.2.10- the last one that runs on my computer. The v1.2.10 application seems to function OK with the current /bin utilities, but we'll see. Archive your functional install before trying this out!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not up to the level of "Mac-Ness" that one expects..."

    March 1, 2011  |   By Thelgord_Ironfeld

    Version: Wireshark 1.4.4

    Pros

    There was nothing good about my experience with this software

    Cons

    Runs in X11 (Gross)
    Complicated Setup (You have to show all files to find some of the directories to put files)
    Didn't work (Unable to find any Wifi adapters on my Mac Book pro)

    Summary

    This is a port of a linux program (hence why it runs in X11). It is a good idea, but it did not work on my Mac Book Pro 6,2 running 10.6.6. It was unable to find a suitable wireless adapter. The interface in clunky at best and looks awful. To be honest most X11 programs do. The author should put a more Mac Friendly UI to it before releasing a newer version, and one that works with newer macs.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best cross-platform network protocol analyzer"

    January 12, 2011  |   By roger.m

    Version: Wireshark 1.4.3

    Pros

    Well liked and widely used. Cross platform.

    Cons

    No native GUI for OSX. Requires X11.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Currently non-functiional on my computer."

    December 6, 2010  |   By James Garvin

    Version: Wireshark 1.4.2

    Pros

    It provides additional intelligence and interpretation of packet contents, messages and flags useful for anyone new to packet analysis.

    Cons

    This version only- crashes on launch. Can be hard to set up properly, as you need special system permissions to even use such software. System security can be compromised if not set up properly.

    Summary

    I like it well enough that I reverted to a previous version to regain use of Wireshark.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY ON MAC OS X"

    July 7, 2010  |   By lsdpinto

    Version: Wireshark 1.2.9

    Pros

    Heard good stories, but it doesn't work on mac

    Cons

    It doesn't work on a Mac OS X system, although they say it should

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Best free capture/analyzer app"

    June 20, 2010  |   By djdawson

    Version: Wireshark 1.2.6

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I've been using Wireshark since it was Ethereal, and it's always been the most capable packet capture and analysis tool around. It runs virtually everywhere and has an amazing number of features. And it's free.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Doesn't work on 10.5.x !"

    September 24, 2009  |   By herald62us

    Version: Wireshark 1.2.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    After messing about for hours with errors and install problems, the program finally launches
    without crashing. Unfortunately it still has many startup(?) errors, and does not show any interfaces for scanning.

    Pretty crap. I might as well stick with good ol tcpdump.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not install"

    June 30, 2008  |   By tramboneplayer5

    Version: Wireshark 0.99.5

    Cons

    Same as above - ran the installer, program does not exist.

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