Step By Step Installation of Wireshark on Mac OS X 10.6

This tutorial helps you to get starting Wireshark on Mac OS X 10.6.

1. Download Wireshark from

2. Mount the disk image. As you can see the utilities folder consists three following folders:

  • ChmodBPF
  • Command Line
  • A shortcut ( alias ) to StartupItems floder.

3. Drag Wireshark icon into Applications folder.

4. Open terminal and run the following commands:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles YES

5. In terminal restart the Finder to apply changes by the following command:

killall Finder

Now hidden files or folders get appear to you.

6. Got to the /usr/local/ folder:

cd /usr/local

Make a bin directory there if the bin is not existed.

sudo mkdir bin

7. Copy the “Command Line” folder contents into the /usr/local/bin directory. Give the password to copy files.

8. Drag ChmoBPF folder into the StartupItems folder. Now you need to give it the permission:

cd /Library/StartupItems
sudo chown -R root:wheel ChmodBPF

Restart your machine. Wireshark is ready to capture network packets.

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