Install Wireshark 2.6.1 in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS & LinuxMint

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


Wireshark released a new series of 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 2.6.1 released and easy to install it via Official PPA.

What's new in Wireshark 2.6.1?

  • The Windows installers now ship with Qt 5.9.5. Previously they shipped with Qt 5.9.4.
For detailed changelog refer this link

New Protocol Support:

BATADV, BT LE LL, CoAP, DNS, DTLS, GSM A DTAP, GSM A GM, GTP, GTPv2, IEEE 1905.1a, IEEE 802.11, LDSS, LwM2M-TLV, MAC LTE, NAS EPS, Q.931, RTCP, RTMPT, SDP, TCP, and VITA 49

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 2.6.1
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 for 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
wget https://1.na.dl.wireshark.org/src/wireshark-2.6.1.tar.bz2
tar -xvf wireshark-2.6.1.tar.bz2
Step 3: Configure the source
./configure
Step 4: Compile the Wireshark
make && make install

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