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26 February 2018 / by André Maré

How to Install Wireshark on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install Wireshark on macOS using Homebrew.

What is Wireshark?

“Wireshark is a free and open source network protocol analyzer. It is used for network troubleshooting, analysis, software and communications protocol development, and education. Originally named Ethereal, the project was renamed Wireshark in May 2006 due to trademark issues. Wireshark lets you see what is happening on your network at a microscopic level.” ~ Wikipedia

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install Wireshark on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew cask install wireshark


Brew Commands

This sections provide a quick set of commands on how to install Wireshark on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

Tips & Cheatsheet

The Brew Cheatsheet commands can be downloaded from the link below. The PDF document contains a list of the brew commands that are frequently used. This cheatsheet document is not intended as a complete documented list of all commands and for that you should rather visit the official brew documentation page.

MarkDown Cheatsheet

One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty, until you try. ~ Sophocles