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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 section provides 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.

$ brew update                           # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew tap caskroom/cask                # Tap the Caskroom/Cask repository from Github using HTTPS.
$ brew search wireshark                 # Searches all known Casks for a partial or exact match.
$ brew cask info wireshark              # Displays information about the given Cask
$ brew cask install wireshark           # Install the given cask.
$ brew cleanup                          # Remove any older versions from the cellar.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Wireshark on macOS making use of Homebrew. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.