Publicly available PCAP files

This is a list of public packet capture repositories, which are freely available on the Internet.
Most of the sites listed below share Full Packet Capture (FPC) files, but some do unfortunately only have truncated frames.

Cyber Defence Exercises (CDX)

This category includes network traffic from exercises and competitions, such as Cyber Defense Exercises (CDX) and red-team/blue-team competitions.

MACCDC - Pcaps from National CyberWatch Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

ISTS - Pcaps from The Information Security Talent Search

Captures from the "2009 Inter-Service Academy Cyber Defense Competition" served by Information Technology Operations Center (ITOC), United States Military Academy

Capture the Flag Competitions (CTF)

PCAP files from capture-the-flag (CTF) competitions and challenges.

DEFCON Capture the Flag Contest traces (from DEF CON 8, 10 and 11)

DEFCON 17 Capture the Flag Contest traces CON 17 CTF.torrent (torrent) 17 Hacking Conference - Capture the Flag complete packet capture.rar (direct download)

DEFCON Capture the Flag pcaps (see collections of files related to the Capture the Flag contest from DEF CON 17 to 22) (DEF CON 18 torrent) (DEF CON 19 torrent) (DEF CON 20 torrent) (DEF CON 21 torrent, Friday) (DEF CON 21 torrent, Saturday) (DEF CON 21 torrent, Sunday) (DEF CON 22 torrent)

CSAW CTF 2011 pcap files

Pcap files from UCSB International Capture The Flag, also known as the iCTF (by Giovanni Vigna)

HackEire CTF Challenge pcaps from IRISSCON (by HackEire)

No cON Name 2014 CTF Finals, "Vodka" challenge (bzip2 compressed PCAP-NG file)

Malware Traffic

Captured malware traffic from honeypots, sandboxes or real world intrusions

Capture the hacker 2013 competition (by Dr. David Day of Sheffield Hallam University) contains honeypot PCAP files from three different setups:

Contagio Malware Dump: Collection of PCAP files categorized as APT, Crime or Metasplot (see blog post)
WARNING: The password protected zip files contain real malware
Also see Contagio's PCAP files per case:

Malware analysis blog that shares malware as well as PCAP files

GTISK PANDA Malrec - PCAP files from malware samples run in PANDA, created by @moyix and GTISK

Stratosphere IPS - PCAP and Argus datasets with malware traffic, created by Sebastian Garcia (@eldracote) at the ATG group of the Czech Technical University

Regin malware PCAP files, created by @moyix (see his blog post)

Ponmocup malware/trojan (a.k.a. Milicenso) PCAP by Tom Ueltschi a.k.a. @c_APT_ure
Also see original source (password protected zip) and analysis writeup (text)

Free malware analysis sandbox. Malware samples can be uploaded or searched, PCAP files from sandbox execution can be downloaded.

Online client honeypot for sharing, browsing and analyzing web-based malware. PCAP download available for analyzed sites.

Network Forensics

Network forensics training, challenges and contests

Hands-on Network Forensics - Training PCAP dataset from FIRST 2015 (VirtualBox VM)

  • 4.4 GB PCAP with malware, client- and server side attacks as well as "normal" internet traffic
  • VM login credentials are: user/password
  • PCAP files are in /nsm/sensor_data/securityonion_eth1/dailylogs/ as specified in the training documentation

Forensic Challenge 14 – “Weird Python“ (The Honeynet ProjectThe Honeynet Project)

Network Foreniscs Puzzle Contest (by Lake Missoula Group, LLC)

DFRWS 2008 Challenge

DFRWS 2009 Challenge

DFIR MONTEREY 2015 Network Forensics Challenge (by Phil Hagen of SANS)

SCADA/ICS Network Captures

DigitalBond S4x15 ICS Village CTF PCAPs

PCAP files from the DEF CON 22 Industrial Control System Village CON 22/DEF CON 22 ics village/ (requires RAR v5)

Note from Netresec:
Although the DEFCON 22 ICS Village PCAP is recorded in an ICS setup we've noticed that the 90MB capture file does not contain any SCADA/ICS traffic. The PCAP file only contains broadcast packets, which is why we suspect that they forgot to configure a monitor (SPAN) port on the switch.

Pcap files with attacks against Industrial Control Systems (created by US Cyber Challenge) - See Cyber Quest February 2012

Uncategorized PCAP Repositories

Wireshark Sample Capures

SharkFest'15 Packet Challenge (via SharkFest)

DARPA Intrusion Detection Data Sets from 1998 and 1999 Capture Repository (maintained by JJ Cummings created by Richard Bejtlich)

Over 4 GB of network forensic training data from DEEP (Digital Evaluation and Exploitation Department of Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School). Case details can be found at Jesse Kornblum's blog. (HTTP) (Torrent) Packet Captures (Jeremy Stretch)

MOME database

EvilFingers PCAPs

Wireshark Network Analysis Study Guide (Laura Chappell) (see "Book Supplements" or use this direct link to the 1.5 TB pcap file set)

Wireshark 101 Essential Skills for Network Analysis (Laura Chappell) (see "Book Supplements" or use this direct linkt to the 330 MB zip file)

Laura's Lab Kit v.9 ISO image (old)

Sample capture files from: "Practical Packet Analysis - Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems" by Chris Sanders

Megalodon Challenge by Jasper Bongertz - "a real world network analysis problem, with all its confusion, drawbacks and uncertainties" (3.8 GB sanitized PCAP-NG files)
Blog post:
Direct link:

Anonymous FTP connections to public FTP servers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Pcapr (Mu Dynamics) - A capture repository with pcap files of various traffic types

Understand project Downloads - Lots of different capture file formats (pcap, pcapng/ntar, pcangpklg and more...)

I Smell Packets (website)

ISCX 2012 Dataset. Over 80 GB of pcap data available for researchers (created by Ali Shiravi, Hadi Shiravi, and Mahbod Tavallaee from University of New Brunswick)

Research PCAP datasets from FOI's Information Warfare Lab (FOI is The Swedish Defence Research Agency) (SMIA 2011, FTP server) (SMIA 2011, web mirror) (SMIA 2012, FTP server) (SMIA 2012, web mirror)

Packet collections in PCAP-NG format by Teguh P. Alko

Internet Traffic Archive (Berkeley Lab) - mostly tcpdump ASCII output

WITS: Waikato Internet Traffic Storage (traces in ERF format with headers plus 4 bytes of application data)
The FTP site uses rate limiting for IPv4 connections, but no ratelimit for IPv6 connections.

Bro IDS trace files (no application layer data)

SimpleWeb captures (mainly packet headers)

Wireless LAN Traces from ACM SIGCOMM'01 (no application layer data)

Wireshark Fuzzed Protocol Capures (only fuzzed packets)

Single PCAP files's Scan of the Month PCAPs

MDSec, Packets from a GSM 2.5G environment showing uplink/downlink, two MS devices, SIM APDU information.

Raul Siles, “Pcap files containing a roaming VoIP session”

Russ McRee, W32/Sdbot infected machine

Joke Snelders, WiFi traffic encrypted with WPA pre-shared key (passphrase "subnet16121930", SSID "dd-wrt2").
Read Joke's "Wireshark and TShark: Decrypt Sample Capture File" blog post for decryption instructions. 2009 Information Security Visualization Contest (honeypot traffic, mostly SSH and HTTP)

Barracuda Labs on the Compromise [blog post]

Barracuda Labs on the Malware [blog post]

Online PCAP Services

Convert PcapNG files to PCAP format

CloudShark - Wireshark-like analysis in your browser

NetworkTotal - Runs uploaded PCAP through Suricata IDS

Pcap2Bubbles - online graphical vizualisation of flows


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Why do we like PCAP files so much?

Because: PCAP or it didn't happen!