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Yesterday, Wireshark released its version 3.0.0 with new user interface improvements, bug fixes, new Npcap Windows Packet capturing driver and more.

Wireshark, the open source and cross-platform network protocol analysis software is used by security analysts, experts and developers for analysis, troubleshooting, development, and other security-related tasks to capture and browse the packets traffic on computer networks.

Features of Wireshark 3.0.0

  • The Windows .exe installers replaces WinPcap with Npcap. Npcap supports loopback capture and 802.11 WiFi monitor mode capture – only if supported by the NIC driver.

  • The “Map-Button” of the Endpoint dialog that was erased since Wireshark Version 2.6.0 has been added in a modernized form.


  • The macOS package ships with Qt 5.12.1 and the OS requires version 10.12 or later.

  • Initial support has been provided for using PKCS #11 tokens for RSA decryption in TLS. Configure this at Preferences, RSA Keys.

  • The new WireGuard dissector has decryption support and requires Libgcrypt 1.8 for the same.

  • You can now copy coloring rules, IO graphs, filter Buttons and protocol preference tables from other profiles using a button in the corresponding configuration dialogs.

  • Wireshark now supports Swedish, Ukrainian and Russian language.

  • A new dfilter function string() has been added which allows the conversion of non-string fields to strings. This enables string functions to be used on them.
  • The legacy (GTK+) user interface, the portaudio library are removed and no longer supported.

  • Wireshark requires Qt 5.2 or later, GLib 2.32 or later, GnuTLS 3.2 or later as optional dependency.

  • Building Wireshark requires Python 3.4 or a newer version.

  • Data following a TCP ZeroWindowProbe is not passed to subdissectors and is marked as retransmission.

Head over to Wireshark’s official blog for the entire list of upgraded features in this release.

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