.PCAP File Extension

Packet Capture File

Launch a .pcap file by double-clicking it. If file associations are set up correctly, the application to open your .pcap file will open it. You may need to download or purchase the correct application...

General Information

Title PCAP File Extension
Extension .pcap
Full Form Packet Capture File
File Type Data File
Developer TCPDump team
MIME Type application/vnd.tcpdump.pcap

File Function

Primary Function Store network data
Additional Functions Network diagnostics, Traffic analysis
Features Binary format, Time-stamped

File Characteristics

Quality High accuracy
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable No

Use Cases

Network Monitoring Yes
Troubleshooting Yes
Security Analysis Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Sensitive data exposure
Best Practices Encryption, Access control

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1980s
Latest Version N/A

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .pcapng, .cap, .dmp

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Wireshark Free Windows, Mac, Linux
TCPdump Free Various UNIX
Snort Free Windows, Linux