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Ethereal is described as 'is used by network professionals around the world for troubleshooting, analysis, software and protocol development, and education. It has all of the standard features you would expect in a protocol analyzer, and several features not seen in any other product' and is a network analyzer in the network & admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Ethereal for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and BSD. The best alternative is Wireshark, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Ethereal are tcpdump, netcat, NetworkMiner and Ettercap.

Ethereal alternatives are mainly Network Analyzers but may also be Network Monitors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Ethereal.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows
  • Linux

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  1. Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.

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    tcpdump

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    tcpdump is a common packet analyzer that runs under the command line. It allows the user to intercept and display TCP/IP and other packets being transmitted or received over a network to which the computer is attached.

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    netcat

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Netcat is a featured networking utility which reads and writes data across network connections, using the TCP/IP protocol. It is designed to be a reliable "back-end" tool that can be used directly or easily driven by other programs and scripts.

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    Discontinued

    The last version (0.7.1) was released in January 2004.

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  4. NetworkMiner icon

    NetworkMiner

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    NetworkMiner is a Network Forensic Analysis Tool (NFAT) for Windows. NetworkMiner can parse PCAP files and regenerate/reassemble transmitted files and certificates from PCAP files with HTTP, FTP, SMB, SMB2, TFTP and several other protocols.

    ⚫︎ PortableNetworkMiner can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Ettercap

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Ettercap is a suite for man in the middle attacks on LAN. It features sniffing of live connections, content filtering on the fly and many other interesting tricks.

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    SmartSniff

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    SmartSniff is a packet sniffer that capture TCP/IP packets and display them as sequence of conversations between clients and servers.

    ⚫︎ PortableSmartSniff can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    PCAPdroid

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • F-Droid

    PCAPdroid is an android app to capture the phone traffic and analyze it remotely (e.g. via Wireshark). The traffic can be easily downloaded from a remote device thanks to the integrated HTTP server, or streamed to a remote UDP receiver.

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  8. PsPing

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    PsPing is a command-line utility for measuring network performance.

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  9. Cocoa Packet Analyzer icon

    Cocoa Packet Analyzer

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    Native Cocoa app for capturing and analyzing packets. Similar to Wireshark, but with a native interface (and less features). If you don't like the X11 GTK Wireshark, this is your app.

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  10. Colasoft Capsa icon

    Colasoft Capsa

    • Windows

    Colasoft network packet sniffer or network analyzer software for Windows platform, sniff packets, monitor activities and analyze protocols, best tool for network monitoring and troubleshooting, Free trial available, download now.

    ⚫︎ PortableColasoft Capsa can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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