How to retain column settings across restarts?

asked 2018-03-21 06:22:35 +0000

alkesh gravatar image


I open a pcap file Apply certain filters and then create certain columns How do I retain these columns in wireshark default across restarts?


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The columns you specify should be retained automatically. Are they not?

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2018-03-21 12:29:55 +0000 )edit

No, once I restart the wireshark, default columns are set and not the custom columns I had set earlier. I see that preferences file stores these column data but on next restart it is reset to default

alkesh gravatar imagealkesh ( 2018-03-22 02:33:27 +0000 )edit

Columns are configured per-profile. Make sure that whatever profile you configure the columns under is the same profile you use the next time you start Wireshark. Normally this is the case, but I mention it in case you changed profiles. The profile in use is displayed in the lower-right corner of the status bar.

If the profile is the same and Wireshark isn't retaining the columns you configured, and you're using the latest available stable version of Wireshark, then you might want to file a bug report for this at

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2018-03-23 13:47:33 +0000 )edit