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Ethereal Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to Ethereal for Linux and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Wireshark, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Ethereal and four of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Ethereal are tcpdump, netcat 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.

    Discontinued

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

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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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