Building Wireshark 1.10.6

These instructions are for Elementary OS, but I expect they are very similar for Ubuntu 12.04.

First, make sure your system is fully updated as a starting point for this adventure.

Download Wireshark source code (1.10 or later)

Un-tar it, in may case the command is:

tar -xaf wireshark-1.10.6.tar.bz2

Obviously, that might change depending on what version you download.

cd wireshark-1.10.6

We need to install glib-2.0, gtk+ 2.0, libpcap developer files as well as yacc/lex.  We can do this in one fell swoop with:

sudo apt get install libgtk2.0-dev libpcap-dev bison flex

Now we can start a standard build process

./configure && make

Test out your compile by running:


If you get “pixmap” errors, install the pixbuf engine:

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-pixbuf

Wireshark can be installed system-wide with:

sudo make install

Finally,  make sure your system finds installed libraries at runtime, add the following lines to your /etc/



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