Wireshark is a free and open-source packet analyzer. It is used for network troubleshooting, analysis, software and communications protocol development and education.

Wireshark is cross-platform, using the Qt widget toolkit in current releases to implement its user interface, and using pcap to capture packets. Additionally, a terminal-based (non-GUI) version, TShark, is available. Wireshark, and the other programs distributed with it such as TShark, are free software, released under the terms of the GNU General Public License.


No cost for eligible users.


Faculty Staff Students

Wireshark is free and can be downloaded from the Wireshark website.

The College of Engineering offers support installing engineering software tools. Contact support@eng.ua.edu for assistance.

Eligibility and Cost

No cost.

Licensing Information

Wireshark is open source and available to all users.