Monday, October 15, 2012

Installing Ethereal on Ubuntu - 12.04

Ethereal is a popular network protocol analyzer, currently known as Wireshark. Wireshark can easily be installed on Ubuntu and the Debian based systems, using, sudo apt-get install wireshark to install, and run wireshark.

However, you can still find the binary packages of the previous versions of Ethereal. The ubuntu/debian package link is broken. But, building from source is pretty easy. Download the source and extract. Move to the root directory of ethereal, and using the below commands, you can simply build and run Ethereal, without much effort.


Install required dependencies, such as libpcap, that may be missing in your system.
sudo apt-get install libpcap-dev
sudo make install

Confirm the installation by running ethereal from terminal.

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