.PCAP File Extension
File TypePacket Capture Data
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.
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.