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How can I turn off the automatic update function?

asked 2018-05-10 16:37:00 +0000

Hi, is there a way that I deactivate the automatic update function in Wireshark?

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answered 2018-05-10 17:13:57 +0000

cmaynard gravatar image

Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced -> gui.update.enabled -> FALSE

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Thank you.

Christian_R gravatar imageChristian_R ( 2018-05-10 17:37:45 +0000 )edit

@cmaynard Can I set it via a global configuration file also?

Christian_R gravatar imageChristian_R ( 2018-05-10 18:14:35 +0000 )edit

Yes, you can directly edit your preferences file if you wish. Look for:

# Check for updates (Windows only)
# TRUE or FALSE (case-insensitive)
#gui.update.enabled: TRUE

The default is TRUE, so change it to:

gui.update.enabled: FALSE

The preferences file is typically located in %APPDATA%\Wireshark\preferences, but you may have multiple files if you use profiles. In case your preferences are installed in a non-standard location, you can use Wireshark's Help -> About Wireshark -> Folders to find where your Personal configuration files are located.

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2018-05-10 18:22:48 +0000 )edit

Ah that was a missing link: The file is now located in %APPDATA% . I used the Help-About-Folders dialog for my search. But the Global config folder just shows:

Global configuration        C:\Program Files\Wireshark
Christian_R gravatar imageChristian_R ( 2018-05-10 18:28:07 +0000 )edit

For the Protable Version the %APPDATA% directory is at


Christian_R gravatar imageChristian_R ( 2018-05-10 21:02:35 +0000 )edit

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