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.PCAPNG File Extension

File TypePcap-NG Packet Capture File

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This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a PCAPNG file?

Packet capture format that contains a "dump" of data packets captured over a network; saved in the PCAP Next Generation file format, a standard format for storing captured data.

More Information

Each PCAPNG file contains several blocks or data, which contain different types of information. Examples of blocks include the section header block, interface description block, enhanced packet block, simple packet block, name resolution block, and interface statistics block. These blocks can be used to rebuild captured packets into recognizable data.

NOTE: Pcap-NG is designed to previous Pcap (.PCAP) packet capture format. Wireshark began using the Pcap-NG file format in version 1.8.

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Programs that open PCAPNG files
Netresec CapLoader
Updated 1/26/2013

.PCAPNG Extension Information

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