Files with pcap file extension can be found as Packet capture data files from Wireshark network protocol analyzer.

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PCAP file extension - Captured packets

What is pcap file? How to open pcap files?

File type specification:

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The pcap file extension is associated with Wireshark, a network protocol analyzer that is used control network traffic.

Wireshark pcap files contain captured data sniffed from network packets. PCAP data file format is de facto standard file format used by other network analyzers.

Packet capture data can be checked and viewed by applications, which use libpcap or WinPcap libraries.

Updated: June 20, 2022

The default software associated to open pcap file:

Wireshark picture or screenshot

Wireshark  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Gerald Combs

A multi-platform network protocol analyzer, Wireshark is able to capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network.

Help how to open:

Use Wireshark, WinDump, tcpdump to open and analyze packet capture data files.

How to convert:

There is no way how to convert *.pcap files to to other formats.

Find conversions from pcap file:

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Find converter to pcap file type:

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List of software applications associated to the .pcap file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open pcap file, edit pcap file, convert pcap file, view pcap file, play pcap file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting pcap files.

Software that open pcap file - Captured packets

Programs supporting the exension pcap on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open pcap file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with pcap file by default:
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