Wireshark not equal to filter

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I came across this today and thought I’d share this helpful little wireshark capture filter. Based on wireshark’s documentation if you use

“ip.addr !=” that should show you everything except for packets with the IP addrress The problem is … it doesn’t work. It turns yellow like this, and doesn’t filter that IP.



The trick is to negate the whole statement, then it will work. Instead of doing “ip.addr!=” run “!ip.addr==”. Wireshark then is able to read it as NOT  ip equal to, instead of IP is not equal to. Once you do that, you’re golden (well, green).



Simple enough, and it works with any statement — IE if you RDP into a machine and run a capture you should probably include “!tcp==3389” somewhere in your filter statement.



I hope I’ve made your day, at least a little bit easier!

5 thoughts on “Wireshark not equal to filter

    William said:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Thank you for this!

    V said:
    April 23, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you sir

    Steve Goblinface said:
    July 18, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    ‘Thank you very much! Thank you very much! That’s the nicest thing that anyone’s ever done for me” – Albert Finney in Scrooge.

    asdsa asdsad said:
    January 10, 2021 at 4:08 am

    Thanks a lot!

    Andreas said:
    January 3, 2023 at 2:34 am

    Thank you for that! Still searching for the logic in some of the syntax used in wireshark…

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