Wifi, Wireshark

Using editcap to prune a packet capture

This is just a quick one. I recently needed to filter out a couple packet captures of unneeded frames/packets for some training material. I had unfortunately captured a crap ton of data though and really didn’t want to post the whole 20M pcap file. I ran across the wireshark function called “editcap”. There is a lot that you can do with editcap as you can see in the following link:

Editing trace files with Editcap

However all I needed to do was remove the frames before and after the area of interest. To do this on a macbook:

editcap -r {source file} {destination file} {packets/frames you want to keep} 


editcap -r wirelesseapol.pcap wirelesseapolfiltered.pcap 790-900

Screen Shot 2017-07-08 at 12.26.22 PM

This will take the wirelesseapol.pcap, remove frames 1-789 and 901 – end, leaving me 790-900 in a new packet captures called wirelesseapolfiltered.pcap.

You can also do this in wireshark using the export specified packets feature. However CLI can be fun.

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