Wireshark and File Compression

In this video, see if Wireshark's built-in compression utility is more efficient than third-party compression tools for sharing and storing trace files.

Tony Fortunato

June 13, 2018

1 Min Read
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A Wireshark feature I like to use is the built-in file compression option. This comes in handy for emailing or storing huge trace files. Wireshark will compress and decompress the file without a third-party compression tool, which is very convenient.

After using the gzip feature for a while, I had a client ask a great question: “Is Wireshark more efficient than manually 'zipping' the trace file?” Sounds like a challenge to me.

In this video, I compare Wireshark’s gzip capability and the popular 7-Zip free compression utility.

About the Author(s)

Tony Fortunato

Sr Network Performance Specialist

Tony Fortunato is a network performance expert who has been designing, implementing and troubleshooting networks since 1989. His company, The Technology Firm, provides clients of all sizes with services ranging from project management, network design, consulting, troubleshooting, designing custom-designed training courses, and assisting with equipment installation. Tony's experience in networking started with financial trading floor networks and ISPs, where he learned to integrate and support equipment from various vendors. Tony has taught and presented at numerous colleges and universities, public forums and private classes. He blogs frequently at NetworkDataPediaand has a popular YouTube channel.

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