Run Wireshark on Mac OS X Mountain Lion

19 Jul
19/07/2012

Apple has removed X11 from the Mountain Lion distribution.

If you were running Wireshark on Lion and upgraded to Mountain Lion, or installed Wireshark on a fresh copy of Mountain Lion, it will no longer run.

You can bring it back by following these steps:

  1. Uninstall Wireshark by trashing the Wireshark.app bundle from your ~/Applications folder.
  2. Download the XQuartz installer from http://xquartz.macosforge.org/landing/ and run it.
  3. Restart.
  4. Download the latest Wireshark version and install it. Some posts on Stack Overflow suggest only older versions would run under Mountain Lion, but I cannot confirm this.
  5. On first install, Wireshark might pop up a dialog asking “Where is X11?”. Browse to ~/Applications/Utilities and select the XQuartz.app bundle.

That’s it. You’re done. If this has helped you, I’d appreciate winning you as a new follower @ralf on Twitter.


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  1. akhil says:

    After I did what you said, a terminal like screen popped up with the prompt “bash-3.2$”. What does that mean? The standard wireshark screen isn’t opening.

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  2. Profesor Yeow says:

    Thanks a lot !! I don’t know about the last step of select in Utilitys, you save me from a big headache jejeje now works. (I use mavericks)
    Regards !!!

    Yeow.com.ar

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