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macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 (20E241) unable to capture any packets via Wireshark

asked 2021-11-11 09:31:44 +0000

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updated 2021-12-07 21:11:44 +0000

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By using MacBook Pro with MACOS Big Sur 11.3.1 (20E241) unable to capture any packets via Wireshark3.4.9.

Getting below error, is there anything need to be done to start capturing the packets for wireless interface.


As no data was captured, closing the temporary capture file.

Help about capturing can be found at
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Are you connected to a wireless network? Do you want to be?

Bob Jones gravatar imageBob Jones ( 2021-11-11 19:57:33 +0000 )edit

yes. Connected to Wireless network. Macbook has valid IP address. Using Macbook's terminal, tcpdump collect the wireless packet, working as expected. Only Wireshark is not capturing the wireless packet

hieswar gravatar imagehieswar ( 2021-11-11 20:19:36 +0000 )edit

On the otherhand tshark works fine to capture wireless packets, but tshark too not working when tried with monitor mode

hieswar gravatar imagehieswar ( 2021-11-12 10:53:07 +0000 )edit

tcpdump probably won't work in monitor mode, either.

Guy Harris gravatar imageGuy Harris ( 2021-12-09 21:17:22 +0000 )edit

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answered 2021-12-06 06:05:37 +0000

Wireshark on MAC cannot be associated to an access point while capturing packets. Disassociate the MAC from the access point and try to capture again.

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NEWER Macs cannot be associated to an access point while capturing packets in monitor mode.; they don't have this problem when not capturing in monitor mode. Older Macs don't have that issue.

tcpdump and TShark will only capture in monitor mode if run with the -I command-line flag. Perhaps Wireshark was defaulting to monitor mode.

Guy Harris gravatar imageGuy Harris ( 2021-12-07 06:39:07 +0000 )edit

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