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Help with using dumpcap to monitor 24/7 but retain only 20 minutes

asked 2022-11-10 18:23:06 +0000

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updated 2022-11-10 22:42:12 +0000

Hello Forum,

I found this post on your archive forum -

The following command will create a new capture file every 20 minutes (1200 Seconds). It will rotate the capture files, keeping only the latest five.

dumpcap -ni 1 -w c:\temp\phone_problem.pcap -b duration:1200 -b files:5

I'm using Wireshark version 4.0.1 on Windows and I have a similar need. I'm filtering on my MAC address:


I see that dumpcap is a separate executable. Where do I add into this wireshark the dumpcap command to create a packet every 20 minutes and still filter by my MAC address? My hardware is having an issue whereby it goes offline. I don't want to create a massive packet capture file. I'm hoping to create a smaller log that captures when the device went offline.

Thank you.

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answered 2022-11-10 23:38:43 +0000

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Dumpcap is used by wireshark to do the capturing and is installed in your Wireshark program directory. I would advise to use dumpcap directly.

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dumpcap man page

Chuckc gravatar imageChuckc ( 2022-11-10 23:49:58 +0000 )edit

Hello and thank you for this reply.

When you say to use dumpcap directly, do you mean from the Windows Command Prompt?

Is there a way to include in the dumpcap command I provided a filter to only capture my MAC address?

Thank you.

greavette gravatar imagegreavette ( 2022-11-11 05:14:49 +0000 )edit

I've tried using this dumpcap command from Windows Command Prompt but I'm receiving a syntax error on the filter part:

dumpcap -i 1 -w E:\wiresharkLogs\32Scapture.pcapng -b duration:1200 -b files:5 -f "eth.addr==xx:55:44:33:2C:xx"

greavette gravatar imagegreavette ( 2022-11-11 06:10:16 +0000 )edit

You're trying to use a display filter as capture filter, that doesn't work. Use ether host xx:55:44:33:2C:xx instead.

However in this case, rather than using this filter, I would use the `-p' option, see the dumpcap man page.

Jaap gravatar imageJaap ( 2022-11-11 08:12:15 +0000 )edit

Thanks very much..this was the filter I needed to use.

For anyone else finding this post here is the full dumpcap I used to capture 5 pcapng files every 20 minutes:

dumpcap -i 1 -w E:\wiresharkLogs\capture.pcapng -b duration:1200 -b files:5 -f "ether host xx:55:44:33:2C:xx"
greavette gravatar imagegreavette ( 2022-11-12 05:42:29 +0000 )edit

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