T-Shark Usage Examples

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As many of you know, T-Shark is the command line version of Wireshark.  For T-Shark beginners, look first here.

For more advanced T-Shark users, read on.

I often get asked for T-Shark usage examples, so here is a compiled list – think of it like a detailed cheat sheet:

T-Shark Objective T-Shark Command
Available Interfaces tshark -D
Help tshark -h
Capture on an Interface tshark -i # (where # is the interface number from -D command above)
tshark -i ‘name’ (where ‘name’ is the interface name from -D command above)
Write capture to a file tshark -i # -w {path and file name}
Capture using a filter

tshark -i # -f “filter text using BPF syntax”
example: tshark -i 5 -f “tcp port 80”

Generic Capture for an IP Address

tshark -R “ip.addr ==″ -r /tmp/capture.pcapng

Ethernet address 00:08:15:00:08:15 eth.addr == 00:08:15:00:08:15
Ethernet type 0×0806 (ARP) eth.type == 0×0806
Ethernet broadcast eth.addr == ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
No ARP not arp
IPv4 only ip
IPv6 only ip6
IPv4 address isn’t, don’t use != for this! !(ip.addr ==
IPX only ipx
TCP only tcp
UDP only udp
To include display filters in the command when examining a capture file -Y <display filter>
UDP port isn’t 53 (not DNS), don’t use != for this! !(tcp.port == 53)
TCP or UDP port is 80 (HTTP) tcp.port == 80 || udp.port == 80
HTTP Only http
No ARP and no DNS not arp and not (udp.port == 53)
Non-HTTP and non-SMTP to/from not (tcp.port == 80) and not (tcp.port == 25) and ip.addr ==

Creating a “;” separated file with “source IP” “destination IP” and “Destination Port” from all with SYN initiated connections, you can use following sample:
Use the options -T , -E and -e (see man pages for infos)

tshark -nn -r capturefile.dmp -T fields -E separator=’;’ -e ip.src -e tcp.srcport -e ip.dst -e tcp.dstport ‘(tcp.flags.syn == 1 and tcp.flags.ack == 0)’

Display http response codes

tshark -o “tcp.desegment_tcp_streams:TRUE” -i eth0 -R “http.response” -T fields -e http.response.code
Display Top 10 URLs

tshark -r capture.pcapng -R http.request -T fields -e http.host -e http.request.uri |
sed -e ‘s/?.*$//’ | sed -e ‘s#^(.*)t(.*)$#http://12#’ | sort | uniq -c | sort -rn | head

Display Source IP and MAC Address. (coma sep) tshark -i eth0 -nn -e ip.src -e eth.src -Tfields -E separator=, -R ip 
Display Target IP and Mac Address (coma sep) tshark -i eth0 -nn -e ip.dst -e eth.dst -Tfields -E separator=, -R ip
Source and Target IPv4 tshark -i eth0 -nn -e ip.src -e ip.dst -Tfields -E separator=, -R ip
Source and Target IPv6 tshark -i eth0 -nn -e ip6.src -e ip6.dst -Tfields -E separator=, -R ip6
Source IP and DNS Query tshark -i eth0 -nn -e ip.src -e dns.qry.name -E separator=”;” -T fields port 53
Display only the Source and the Destination IP tshark -o column.format:’”Source”, “%s”,”Destination”, “%d”‘ -Ttext

Various Statistics from a capture:  

We suggest you play with some of these command to check out the various statistics the individual commands offer.      

We use an example filename: capture.pcapng – just substitute this for the file name you want to analyze.

tshark -r capture.pcapng -qz io,stat,1,0,sum(tcp.analysis.retransmission)”ip.addr==″ > stat.txt

tshark -r capture.pcapng -qz io,stat,120,”ip.addr== && tcp”,”COUNT(tcp.analysis.retransmission)ip.addr== && tcp.analysis.retransmission”

tshark -r samples.cap -q -z io,stat,30,”COUNT(tcp.analysis.retransmission) tcp.analysis.retransmission”

tshark -r capture.pcapng -q -z io,stat,30,

tshark -r capture.pcapng -q -z io,stat,5,”COUNT(tcp.analysis.retransmission) tcp.analysis.retransmission”,”COUNT(tcp.analysis.duplicate_ack)tcp.analysis.duplicate_ack”,
“COUNT(tcp.analysis.lost_segment) tcp.analysis.lost_segment”,
“COUNT(tcp.analysis.fast_retransmission) tcp.analysis.fast_retransmission”

tshark -r capture.pcapng -q -z io,stat,5,”MIN(tcp.analysis.ack_rtt)tcp.analysis.ack_rtt”,

tshark -r capture.pcapng -q -z ip_hosts,tree

tshark -r capture.pcapng -q -z conv,tcp

tshark -r capture.pcapng -q -z ptype,tree


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