Termshark- To Analyze Network Traffic


Termshark is a terminal UI for Tshark, which is inspired by Wireshark.

If you are debugging on a remote machine with a large pcap and no desire to scp it back to your desktop, termshark can help.


  • Read pcap files or sniff live interfaces (where tshark is permitted).
  • Inspect each packet using familiar Wireshark-inspired views
  • Filter pcaps or live captures using Wireshark’s display filters
  • Reassemble and inspect TCP and UDP flows
  • Copy ranges of packets to the clipboard from the terminal
  • Written in Golang, compiles to a single executable on each platform – downloads available for Linux, macOS, FreeBSD, Android (termux) and Windows

Also read- How To Analyse And Capture The Packets in Wireshark

Install Packages

Termshark is pre-packaged for the following platforms: Arch Linux, Debian (unstable), FreeBSD, Homebrew, Kali Linux, NixOS, SnapCraft, Termux (Android) and Ubuntu.

Termshark uses Go modules, so it’s best to compile with Go 1.11 or higher. Set GO111MODULE=on then run:

go install github.com/gcla/termshark/v2/cmd/termshark

Then add ~/go/bin/ to your PATH.

For all packet analysis, termshark depends on tshark from the Wireshark project. Make sure tshark is in your PATH.

Quick Start

Inspect a local pcap:

termshark -r test.pcap

Capture ping packets on interface eth0:

termshark -i eth0 icmp

Run termshark -h for options.


Termshark depends on these open-source packages:

  • tshark – command-line network protocol analyzer, part of Wireshark
  • tcell – a cell based terminal handling package, inspired by termbox
  • gowid – compositional terminal UI widgets, inspired by urwid, built on tcell

Note that Tshark is a run-time dependency, and must be in your PATH for termshark to function.

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