WireShark Install on Mac OS X
Seems like the WireShark install on Mac OS X has always been a total disaster for me. Packet capture utility are vital for developers, network and systems engineers alike. For troubleshooting or supporting SLAs it is often the only tool the defines fact vs. misconception. The WireShark installation process prior to XQuartz was long and convoluted and more often than not would end miserably. For whatever reason the WireShark download site does not list XQuartz the key to end the pain that I saw anywhere.
WireShark Installation on Mac OSX
Thanks to XQuartz the Mac install is as easy as installing two applications.
- Download and install XQuartz from xquartz.macosforge.org.
- Log out and log back in to restart your X session.
- Download and install WireShark from wireshark.org.
- Run WireShark.
Additional Wireshark Resources
If interested in learning more about WireShark today and in the future there was a nice PacketPushers podcast by Ethan Banks, Michele Chubirka aka Mrs Y and Gerald Combs who has been the Wireshark shepherd since inception 15 years ago.
Gerald touched on the interoperability problems with Mac OS X and it sounded as if there was some issues with libpcap, Mac and Wireshark. Who knows, but that recipe led to plenty of frustration in the community as more of us migrate to Mac’s for Unix capability under the hood while still maintaining the corporate application support from business suite applications.
- To learn more about Wireshark lovemytool.com is probably a good place to start.
- Packet Pushers Podcast Show 108 – Wireshark With Gerald Combs
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