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KDE Networking Tool

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Link:  http://www.ksniffer.org/
Minimum required   KDE 3.3.x
Downloads:  10746
Submitted:  Jul 9 2005
Updated:  Feb 26 2008


This application is a network sniffing application for KDE. It needs a lot of features I'm working on, of course it's not yet complete but you can use it because it's in a stable state.

Here what KSniffer does (for a complete list go to http://www.ksniffer.org/index.php?section=features):
- Capture network packets from the configured network interfaces.
- Open/save files in the pcap format (used by tcpdump and Ethereal/Wireshark) using also the KDE network transparency.
- Show some information on the captured packets (how many bytes the single packet is, what protocols are included,... as shown in the second screenshot).
- Let you investigate on the source or destination IP address doing: whois/traceroute/ping/dig/host/nslookup on the IP according the binaries installed on your system. (Click with right mouse button on the source/destination IP address to do this.)
- Let you can choose if you want to stop the capturing packets operation manually or automatically after a time/number of packets/size of the captured packets you specify.
- Let you set different operations on the view (for example you can show the packets after you stopped the capture step).

The last code release is into SVN KDE in trunk/playground/network .

Help is always welcome, also like tester. If you want to make KSniffer useful you're welcome. A list of things to do is in TODO file.

The version 0.3.2 is a stable version. From 0.3.1 was fixed some bugs and added some small features. This version contains all available translations. Feedbacks on features and bugs are welcome. Help, translations and donations are welcome too. To know how to donate, give help or contact me see the website. New binaries packets are needed. Help to spread this application if you can.

Thank you,


KSniffer 0.3.2 [21 February 2008]
- More information for ARP protocol
- More information for TCP protocol
- More information for UDP protocol
- Added useful information in the "Information" column for UDP/TCP protocol
- Recognized protocols from the packet for the "Protocol" column
- Splitted the configuration dialog in 2 groups:
1. Capture
2. GUI
- Added the "Show the RAW Packet frame on the right of/under the Packet Details frame" option
- Let "Save as" enabled after you saved the file so you can save it elsewhere if you need
- Fixed the "network transparency doesn't work in some cases" bug
- Fixed the "losting last packets from the view" bug
- Fixed the "detecting parse errors in XML file for ksniff" bug

KSniffer 0.3.1 [30 September 2007]
- fixed recognized MAC address for ARP protocol
- a more detailed packets raw view
- disable "New Capture" if you have problem with ksniff permissions
- optimize the parsing of /etc/services file
- some more information for ICMP protocol
- let you sniff also on special network devices with no MAC address
- fixed a crash when stopping the file loading
- a faster startup

KSniffer 0.3 [21 Jul 2007]:
- new icon and splashscreen thanks to Carmine De Rosa
- fixed crash when you click on a captured packet after you tryed to open a file, but you didn't open it
- give the port name to UDP and TCP connections getting them from /etc/services file
- show raw bytes of a selected packet from the list of the captured one
- changed "sniff" application name to "ksniff" to avoid name conflicts with other sniffing applications
- fixed bug that avoid saving sniffed data quitting from the application
- get the list of the network interfaces that have different MAC addresses
- check ksniff permissions to avoid users think KSniffer doesn't work: Debian/*ubuntu/OpenSuSE remove
the suid bit: a warning dialog will appear in case ksniff ha not found or has not the SUID bit

KSniffer 0.2 [11 Feb 2007]:
- add/remove KSniffer in/from the system tray bar
- added KSniffer option dialog:

- sniffer settings:
* display packets after you stopped capture available

- capture settings:
* stop manually
* stop after X packets
* stop after X bytes/kilobytes/megabyes/gigabytes
* stop after X seconds/minutes/hours/days

- added data for TCP detail display

- added pause/continue capture

- reading ports name from system (file /etc/services)

- quick search added (dependancy from kdelibs >= 3.3)

- better management for loading file

- better management for temporary file

- root privileges don't need anymore for the GUI

- removed sorting feature cause of bad performing for lots of packets

- getting information on IP: can be detected some networking information
on source or destination selected IP:
* whois
* traceroute
* ping
* dig
* host
* nslookup

- compiling on FreeBSD and some other Linux platform

- fixed boring bugs

KSniffer 0.1.1 [1 Aug 2005]:
- updated nl translation
- fixed configure warning
- fixed compiling with KDE 3.2
- fixed compiling on 64 bits architecture systems

KSniffer 0.1 [30 Jul 2005]:
- starting network packet-capture session
- opening libpcap format file
- drag & drop for libpcap format file
- saving in libpcap format file the captured packet session
- actived the open recent file menu item
- stopping network packet-capture session
- tray bar menu
- packet details display
- when capture was stopped you can sort packets list by: frame number, time, source address, destination address, protocol
- detected protocols: IP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, ARP

(ksniffer 0.3 series)
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 New versions only

 by bitcrazy on: Feb 17 2007
Score 50%

would you be so kind to post only, when new versions are available.

Thank you


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 kubuntu package

 by darcio53 on: Feb 18 2007
Score 50%

I have done for myself a kubuntu package of ksniffer 0.2. If author of ksniffer wants me to share this package please contact me via mail darcio53@interia.pl. Greetings
from Poland for all readers of this comment. Sorry for my english. Bye bye

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 Re: kubuntu package

 by kdeveloper on: Feb 23 2007
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If you created the package this means that you tested. So if access to the menu Help you'll find the author email. Why don't you send me an email to let me know on which repository you released the package? Which kubuntu? edgy? dapper? When I have a few time I will add binary references to the website.

For some strange reason I don't get email anymore from this web site, so I didn't know there where new messages here. Can the sysadim of this web site reply to me if he/she reads this message? Thank you.


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 Gentoo ebuild

 by bram85 on: Feb 28 2007
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A Gentoo ebuild for 0.2 is available here:


Bram Schoenmakers
KDE Netherlands (www.kde.nl)

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 Gentoo ebuild

 by bram85 on: Feb 28 2007
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A Gentoo ebuild for 0.2 is available here:


Bram Schoenmakers
KDE Netherlands (www.kde.nl)

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 Ebuild + patch

 by bram85 on: Mar 1 2007
Score 50%

Sorry for the double post, don't know what happened.

The attached ebuild is already outdated, because of a bugfix which requires a patch.

Please refer to Gentoo bug 153283 for the latest ebuilds and patches (or Portage itself once it is included).


Bram Schoenmakers
KDE Netherlands (www.kde.nl)

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 KSniffer packets

 by kdeveloper on: Mar 15 2007
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Hello. I put the KSniffer packets (gentoo, Open SuSE, Slackware, Mandriva) on the KSniffer website (ksniffer.org) in the download session. Thanks all of you. If someone else has a link for some other Linux distributions write me in private and I will add the link. KDE-apps.org doesn't send me email anymore and I don't know why. That's why I don't reply all of you in time.

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