Archive for February 12th, 2008

Etherape is graphical network traffic browser. It uses gnome library for displaying graphical network activity. Node and link color shows the most used protocol. The more busy a node is, the bigger its representation. For packet capture and filtering, it uses libpcap.

The etherape webpage is at http://etherape.sourceforge.net/.

Etherape only can see the traffic physically passing on the net card.

The display will be different if you use a Switched network and if you use a Hub network in the same network.

If you use a Switch network, you will only see every packet data that go in and go out through your net card.

If you use a Hub network, you will see every packets data that are transmitted to every net card.


  • Juan Toledo (toledo <at> users.sourceforge.net) Original Author

  • Vincent van Adrighem (vincent <at> dirck.mine.nu)

  • Riccardo Ghetta (bchiara <at> users.sourceforge.net)

  • Eran Mann (eran <at> nbase.co.il)

  • Frederic Peters (fpeter <at> debian.org)


  • Ben Allen

  • Bill Barth (bbarth <at> users.source.forge.net

  • Fabrice Bellet (Fabrice.Bellet <at> creatis.insa-lyon.fr

  • Gorkem Cetin (gorkem <at> gelecek.com.tr

  • Laurent Deniel (deniel <at> worldnet.fr

  • Lars Eggert

  • Simon Kirby (sim <at> neato.org)

  • Eric Stewart

  • Jasper Wallace (jasper <at> pointless.net

  • Ted Wright (ted.wright <at> grc.nasa.gov

  • Dave Yearke (yearke <at> eng.buffalo.edu)



Inside Ubuntu terminal, type:

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ sudo apt-get install etherape

Reading package lists… Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information… Done

The following NEW packages will be installed:


0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

Need to get 380kB of archives.

After unpacking 950kB of additional disk space will be used.

WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated!


Install these packages without verification [y/N]? y

Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com gutsy/universe etherape 0.9.7-1 [380kB]

Fetched 380kB in 12s (31.0kB/s)

Selecting previously deselected package etherape.

(Reading database … 125666 files and directories currently installed.)

Unpacking etherape (from …/etherape_0.9.7-1_i386.deb) …

Setting up etherape (0.9.7-1) …


How to run?

taufanlubis@toshiba:~$ sudo etherape


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