.PCAP File Extension

.PCAP File Extension

Packet Capture Data

Developer Wireshark
Popularity
3.4  |  48 Votes
Category Data Files
Format N/A

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

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Updated September 20, 2012

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