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Can Wireshark Portable be used on 64Bit systems?

asked 2018-08-28 08:36:31 +0000

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On the Download page Wireshark Portable is provided in 32Bit only. I know this doesn't consequently mean that you cannot use it under 64Bit systems. I'm asking because for the full version of Wireshark there's separate versions for 32Biit and 64Bit.

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answered 2018-08-28 09:54:04 +0000

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updated 2018-08-28 17:38:18 +0000

Yes. We only build a 32 bit portable version because that's "more" portable to both 32 bit and 64 bit OS's

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And because, for example, a 64-bit version may be able to handle larger captures than a 32-bit version, so if you're installing Wireshark on a 64-bit machine, the 64-bit version may work better if you're going to be reading large files. If you don't have a 64-bit machine, the 64-bit version won't work at all, so we offer the choice of 32-bit and 64-bit.

For the "portable" version, a 32-bit "portable" version should work on all Windows 7 and later machines (and a 32-bit "portable" version of 2.2.x should also work on Vista machines), whether 32-bit or 64-bit, but a 64-bit "portable" version will not work if you plug it into a 32-bit machine.

Guy Harris gravatar imageGuy Harris ( 2018-08-29 03:12:57 +0000 )edit

As most PC have at least 8 GB of RAM and as it is more and more difficult to install software on corporate PC, it is possible to have 64 bits portable version ? It really make sense today.

Thanks for your great work since many years.

nicolas L gravatar imagenicolas L ( 2021-02-25 15:28:20 +0000 )edit

The place to make such a request would be at the Wireshark GitLab issue tracker.

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2021-02-25 15:31:57 +0000 )edit
Chuckc gravatar imageChuckc ( 2021-02-26 06:02:36 +0000 )edit

The issue @Chuckc referenced was closed on June 19, 2021, and 64-bit PortableApps packages have been available since Wireshark 3.6.0, although 32-bit PortableApps packages are no longer supported.

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2024-01-02 14:31:11 +0000 )edit

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