Raw Packet Capturing Tools

This post lists tools to capture raw packets in an IT network.

List of Raw Packet Capturing Tools

Raw packet capturing tools featured on this post:
  • WirelessNetView
  • PRTG Network Monitor
  • tcpdump
  • RawCap
  • Airodump-ng
  • Microsoft Network Monitor
  • Microsoft Message Analyzer


WirelessNetView is a small utility that runs in the background, and monitor the activity of wireless networks around you.
It is developed by Nir Sofer, that releases his utilities under the brand NirSoft.

PRTG Network Monitor

PRTG Network Monitor is an on-premise product.
It is developed by German company Paessler.


tcpdump is a data-network packet analyzer computer program that runs under a command line interface.
It is free and open source.


RawCap is a free command line network sniffer for Windows that uses raw sockets.
It is developed by Swedish company NETRESEC.


Airodump-ng is a free and open source tool.

Microsoft Network Monitor

Microsoft Network Monitor is a deprecated packet analyzer developed by American company Microsoft.
Nevertheless, its latest version 3.4 (released in 2010) is still available to be downloaded as an archive.
It was substituted by Microsoft Message Analyzer, that is also deprecated.

Microsoft Message Analyzer

Microsoft Message Analyzer is a retired packet analyzer developed by American company Microsoft.

Its latest version was 1.1. The product was retired in 2019, with no replacement from Microsoft. It is no longer available to download at Microsoft

You can read the installing and upgrading instructions on this external link.

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