4. Tcpdump – Network Packet Analyzer

tcpdump – look  at row traffic

-A display in ascii

-d show interfaces

-n display addresses numerically

-v show additional info

-w file write packets to a file


Tcpdump one of the most widely used command-line network packet analyzer or packets sniffer program that is used capture or filter TCP/IP packets that received or transferred on a specific interface over a network. It also provides a option to save captured packages in a file for later analysis. tcpdump is almost available in all major Linux distributions.

# tcpdump -i eth0

tcpdump: verbose output suppressed, use -v or -vv for full protocol decode
listening on eth0, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 96 bytes
22:08:59.617628 IP tecmint.com.ssh > P 2532133365:2532133481(116) ack 3561562349 win 9648
22:09:07.653466 IP tecmint.com.ssh > P 116:232(116) ack 1 win 9648
22:08:59.617916 IP > tecmint.com.ssh: . ack 116 win 64347