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How to Install Wireshark on Windows?

  • Last Updated : 16 Dec, 2021

Wireshark is software that is widely used in the analysis of data packets in a network. Wireshark is completely free and open source. This packet analyzer is used for a variety of purposes like troubleshooting networks, understanding communication between two systems, developing new protocols, etc. The original name of Wireshark was Ethereal which was changed in 2006 due to some company’s copyright issues. This software is written in C and C++, and its initial release was in the year 1998. Its latest release is 3.6.0 which got released on 22 November 2021. Wireshark is a cross-platform software, it can be run on Linux, windows, mac, and any other operating system. 

Installing Wireshark on Windows:

Follow the below steps to install Wireshark on Windows:

Step 1: Visit the official Wireshark website using any web browser. 

official wireshark website

Step 2: Click on Download, a new webpage will open with different installers of Wireshark.

downloading wireshark

Step 3: Downloading of the executable file will start shortly. It is a small 73.69 MB file that will take some time.

Step 4: Now check for the executable file in downloads in your system and run it.

wireshark icon

Step 5: It will prompt confirmation to make changes to your system. Click on Yes.

confirm installation of wireshark

Step 6:  Setup screen will appear, click on Next.

Setup screen

Step 7: The next screen will be of License Agreement, click on Noted.

License Agreement

 Step 8: This screen is for choosing components, all components are already marked so don’t change anything just click on the Next button.

 choosing components

Step 9: This screen is of choosing shortcuts like start menu or desktop icon along with file extensions which can be intercepted by Wireshark, tick all boxes and click on Next button.

choose shortcuts

Step 10: The next screen will be of installing location so choose the drive which will have sufficient memory space for installation. It needed only a memory space of 223.4 MB.

choose installation location

Step 11: Next screen has an option to install Npcap which is used with Wireshark to capture packets pcap means packet capture so the install option is already checked don’t change anything and click the next button.

packet capture

Step 12: Next screen is about USB network capturing so it is one’s choice to use it or not, click on Install.

 USB network capturing

Step 13: After this installation process will start.

installing wireshark

Step 14: This installation will prompt for Npcap installation as already checked so the license agreement of Npcap will appear to click on the I Agree button.

npcap agreement

Step 15: Next screen is about different installing options of npcap, don’t do anything click on Install. 

npcap installation options

Step 16: After this installation process will start which will take only a minute.

Step 17: After this installation process will complete click on the Next button.

Step 18: Click on Finish after the installation process is complete.

finish instalation

Step 19: After this installation process of Wireshark will complete click on the Next button.

Step 20: Click on Finish after the installation process of Wireshark is complete.

Wireshark is successfully installed on the system and an icon is created on the desktop as shown below:

Now run the software and see the interface.

Wireshark interface

Congratulations!! At this point, you have successfully installed Wireshark on your windows system.

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