Wireshark Portable
Screenshot of Wireshark Portable 3.6, a network diagnostics app for the Windows operating system.
License:
Free Open Source
Language:
Publisher:
Wireshark development team
OS:
Windows 11 10 8
PC Type:
32-bit, 64-bit · x86_x64
Updated:
Jul 29, 2022
Version:
3.6.7 (download)

Review

Felix Cheng

Portable version of a free and open-source packet analyzer.

A review by Felix Cheng

Wireshark Portable is a very popular, completely free and highly recommended network protocol analyzer. It can view data in real-time and also log the data being sent on a network to a file on disk.

As a portable application, Wireshark Portable can be run from virtually anywhere and does not need to be installed; that means no leftovers when you're doing using the application.

With Wireshark, you can perform real-time and interactive analysis of the data that has been captured, perfect for diagnosis errors on a network.

Some of the powerful features available with Wireshark include the ability to view the (reconstructed) stream of a TCP/UDP session while supporting literally hundreds of different types of data and media.

A separate program is also include called tshark. For those familiar, tshark is Wireshark's equivalent of tcpdump which is traditionally a console-only version of Wireshark.

Called by some the Swiss army knife of network troubleshooting, is it by far one of the best Network sniffers available on the market and the very best among free applications.

Overall, Wireshark Portable is a very useful and powerful packet analyzer which can diagnose many types of issues affecting a computer.

Features and highlights

  • Data can be captured "from the wire" from a live network connection or read from a file of already-captured packets
  • Live data can be read from a number of types of networks, including Ethernet, IEEE 802.11, PPP, and loopback
  • Captured network data can be browsed via a GUI, or via the terminal (command line) version of the utility, TShark
  • Captured files can be programmatically edited or converted via command-line switches to the "editcap" program
  • Data display can be refined using a display filter
  • Plug-ins can be created for dissecting new protocols
  • VoIP calls in the captured traffic can be detected

Wireshark Portable 3.6.7 on 32-bit and 64-bit PCs

This download is licensed as freeware for the Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system on a laptop or desktop PC from network auditing software without restrictions. Wireshark Portable 3.6.7 is available to all software users as a free download for Windows. As an open source project, you are free to view the source code and distribute this software application freely.