Wireshark 1.12.6 on Yosemite (OS X 10.10.4)

6 08 2015

To run Wireshark on OS X you have to install X11 for some reason, and Apple has apparently stopped developing this.  It is now a separate thing called XQuartz.

It seems that at some point, either some files moved or a symlink got deleted, so Wireshark won’t start.  When you click it, the top menu says “Wireshark” but the user interface never appears.

To get Wireshark running do the following:

Download Quartz 2.2.7 and install it on your OS X 10.10.4 system.

Open a terminal window and enter this command to re-make the symbolic link:

sudo ln -s /opt/X11 /usr/X11

(you will need to be an admin user of the system and put in your password at this point).

Now install Wireshark and you should be good to go.

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