Ettercap Alternatives

    Ettercap is described as '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'. There are more than 10 alternatives to Ettercap for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is Wireshark, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Ettercap are netcat (Free, Open Source), NetworkMiner (Free, Open Source), SmartSniff (Free) and Intercepter-NG (Free).

    This page was last updated Jan 16, 2021

    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.
      Most users think Wireshark is a great alternative to Ettercap.
    2. 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.


    3. 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.
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    4. SmartSniff is a packet sniffer that capture TCP/IP packets and display them as sequence of conversations between clients and servers.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • BSD
      • iPad
      Intercepter-NG is a multifunctional network toolkit for various types of IT specialists. The main purpose is to recover *interesting* data from the network stream and perform different kinds of MiTM attacks.

      Discontinued

      App unavailable on Play Store and website is flagged by modern browsers as potentially malicious.

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      Website blocked by modern browsers as possible trojan.

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    5. 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Ethereal® 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.

      Discontinued

    6. Packet sniffer tool that captures all HTTP requests/responses sent between the Web browser and the Web server and displays them in a simple table.
      • 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.
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    7. 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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