How To Install Wireshark on Debian 10

Install Wireshark on Debian 10

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Wireshark on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, Wireshark is a free and open-source network protocol analyzer. With Wireshark, you can capture incoming and outgoing packets of a network in real-time and use it for network troubleshooting, packet analysis, software and communication protocol development, and many more.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of Wireshark open-source network analysis and packet investigation on a Debian 10 (Buster).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 (Buster).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Wireshark on Debian 10 Buster

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Wireshark on Debian 10.

Now we run the following command to install Wireshark on the Debian system:

sudo apt install wireshark

Confirm the version of Wireshark installed using the following command:

$ sudo apt policy wireshark
  Installed: 2.7.8-4.1
  Candidate: 2.7.8-4.1

Step 3. Accessing Wireshark on Debian.

Once successfully installed, You can launch Wireshark from the terminal or Applications launcher Graphical User Interface (GUI):

Install Wireshark on Debian 10

Or the same can be done from the command line by typing:


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Wireshark. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Wireshark open-source network analysis on Debian 10 Buster. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Wireshark website.

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