.pcap

File Type Packet Capture Data IconPacket Capture Data
File Format Standard (developed by Wireshark)
Usage Open manually
Rank ★ ★ ☆  Average
Description

Contains packet data captured by monitoring and "packet sniffing" software; typically consists of data packets that have been sent over a network; can be analyzed using software that uses the libpcap or WinPcap libraries.

Important: Ethereal, a popular program for capturing and analyzing PCAP files, was renamed to Wireshark in May, 2006.

PCAP is also an abbreviation for "Packet Capture."

Open With
Windows

IconWireshark

IconNetresec NetworkMiner

IconWinDump

macOS

IconWireshark

Unix

IconWireshark

IconNetresec NetworkMiner

Icontcpdump

Updated 2007
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