Installing Wireshark on Ubuntu 18

Wireshark is the world’s foremost and widely-used network protocol analyzer. It lets you see what’s happening on your network at a microscopic level and is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many commercial and non-profit enterprises, government agencies, and educational institutions. Wireshark development thrives thanks to the volunteer contributions of networking experts around the globe and is the continuation of a project started by Gerald Combs in 1998.


Step 1: Add the stable official PPA. To do this, go to terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T and run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wireshark-dev/stable

Step 2: Update the repository:

sudo apt-get update

Step 3: Install wireshark 2.0:

sudo apt-get install wireshark

Step 4: Run wireshark:

sudo wireshark

If you get a error couldn't run /usr/bin/dumpcap in child process: Permission Denied. go to the terminal again and run:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure wireshark-common

Say YES to the message box. This adds a wireshark group. Then add user to the group by typing

sudo adduser $USER wireshark restart your machine (/sbin/shutdown -r now) and open wireshark


Author: Ajay Ohri

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