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.PCAP File Extension

File TypePacket Capture Data

DeveloperWireshark
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CategoryData Files
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File format categories include Binary, Text, XML, and Zip. The format of this file type has not been determined.

What is a PCAP file?

Data file created by Wireshark (formerly Ethereal), a free program used for network analysis; contains network packet data created during a live network capture; used for "packet sniffing" and analyzing data network characteristics; can be analyzed using software that includes the libpcap or WinPcap libraries.

More Information

Wireshark is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms. Professors and students often use the software for studying data communications.

NOTE: Wireshark was renamed from Ethereal in May, 2006 due to trademark issues.

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Programs that open PCAP files
Windows
Wireshark
Netresec NetworkMiner
WinDump
Mac
Wireshark
Linux
Wireshark
Netresec NetworkMiner
tcpdump
Updated 9/20/2012

.PCAP Extension Information

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