File Extension Library

.PCAPNG File Extension

  • Category: Data Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .PCAPNG file?

.PCAPNG file extension has been classified as Data Files. The format of .PCAPNG file is Binary

.PCAPNG is Pcap-NG Packet Capture File

Packet capture format that contains a "dump" of data packets captured over a network; saved in the PCAP Next Generation file format, a standard format for storing captured data.

Each PCAPNG file contains several blocks or data, which contain different types of information. Examples of blocks include the section header block, interface description block, enhanced packet block, simple packet block, name resolution block, and interface statistics block. These blocks can be used to rebuild captured packets into recognizable data.

NOTE: Pcap-NG is designed to previous Pcap (.PCAP) packet capture format. Wireshark began using the Pcap-NG file format in version 1.8.

List of all softwares that can open the Pcap-NG Packet Capture File
Netresec CapLoader

How to Open .PCAPNG file on different platforms

Open .PCAPNG File on Windows

  • Right-click a .PCAPNG
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .PCAPNG file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .PCAPNG files" Press "Ok"

Open .PCAPNG File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .PCAPNG file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .PCAPNG File on Linux

Right click on the .PCAPNG file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .PCAPNG File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .PCAPNG file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .PCAPNG File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .PCAPNG files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .PCAPNG files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .PCAPNG files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .PCAPNG file format
  2. You need to check the .PCAPNG file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)