Install Wireshark 2.6.0 in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS & LinuxMint

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Wireshark released a new stable version 2.6 series having Legacy (GTK+) user interface and it no longer available from 3.0 series.

Wireshark an open-source protocol analyzer software mainly used to monitor the traffic in a network, recently version 2.6.0 released and easy to install it via Official PPA.

What's new in Wireshark 2.6.0?

For detailed changelog refer this link

New Protocol Support:

ActiveMQ Artemis Core Protocol, AMT (Automatic Multicast Tunneling), AVSP (Arista Vendor Specific Protocol), Bluetooth Mesh, Broadcom tags (Broadcom Ethernet switch management frames), CAN-ETH, CVS password server, Excentis DOCSIS31 XRA header, F1 Application Protocol, F5ethtrailer, FP Mux, GRPC (gRPC), IEEE 1905.1a, IEEE 802.11ax (High Efficiency WLAN (HEW)), IEEE 802.15.9 IEEE Recommended Practice for Transport of Key Management Protocol (KMP) Datagrams, IEEE 802.3br Frame Preemption Protocol, ISOBUS, LoRaTap, LoRaWAN, Lustre Filesystem, Lustre Network, Nano / RaiBlocks Cryptocurrency Protocol (UDP), Network Functional Application Platform Interface (NFAPI) Protocol, New Radio Radio Link Control protocol, New Radio Radio Resource Control protocol, NR (5G) MAC protocol, NXP 802.15.4 Sniffer Protocol, Object Security for Constrained RESTful Environments (OSCORE), PFCP (Packet Forwarding Control Protocol), Protobuf (Protocol Buffers), QUIC (IETF), RFC 4108 Using CMS to Protect Firmware Packages, Session Multiplex Protocol, SolarEdge monitoring protocol, Steam In-Home Streaming Discovery Protocol, Tibia, TWAMP and OWAMP, Wi-Fi Device Provisioning Protocol, and Wi-SUN FAN Protocol

So how to install it?

  • Method 1: Via PPA
  • Method 2: Via source code

Method 1: Via PPA

Step 1: Add the official PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wireshark-dev/stable
Step 2: update the repository
sudo apt-get update
Step 3: Install Wireshark 2.6.0
sudo apt-get install wireshark
During the installation, it will require confirming security about allowing non-superuser to execute Wireshark. Just confirm YES if you want to. If you check on NO, you must run Wireshark with sudo. Later, if you want to change this,
sudo dpkg-reconfigure wireshark-common

Method 2: Via source code

Step 1: Before proceeding with installation, install the dependencies
apt-get install libssl-dev libpcap-dev
Step 2: Download the source file from their download page or use the below command and extract it
tar -xvf wireshark-2.6.0.tar.bz2
Step 3: Configure the source
Step 4: Compile the Wireshark
make && make install
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