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PCAP Capture File Format

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (individual)
Expired & archived
Authors Guy Harris , Michael Richardson
Last updated 2021-12-25 (Latest revision 2021-06-23)
Replaced by draft-ietf-opsawg-pcap
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IESG IESG state Replaced by draft-ietf-opsawg-pcap
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This Internet-Draft is no longer active. A copy of the expired Internet-Draft is available in these formats:


This document describes the format used by the libpcap library to record captured packets to a file. Programs using the libpcap library to read and write those files, and thus reading and writing files in that format, include tcpdump.


Guy Harris
Michael Richardson

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