Thursday, September 23, 2010

EtherApe: a graphical network monitor for linux

EtherApe is a graphical network monitor for Unix modeled after etherman.EtherApe network monitor is a good tool for monitoring the data traffic on your network. As an open source network monitor, EtherApe offers a dynamic graphical interface; features IP and TCP modes; supports Ethernet, FDDI, PPP, and slip devices; filters traffic; and reads traffic from both a tcpdump file and live from the network.

I think this is a good tool for a newbie for monitoring the netwoks. Its graphical display of network is quite interesting and eye catchy.Network traffic is displayed using a graphical interface. Each node represents a specific host. Links represent connections to hosts. Nodes and links are color coded to represent different protocols forming the various types of traffic on the network. Individual nodes and their connecting links grow and shrink in size with increases and decreases in network traffic.  A screenshot is shown below.

Some of the features listed about EtherApe include (the following list refers to version 0.9.9 of EtherApe):
  • graphical network traffic display
  • color coded node and links for most used protocols
  • traffic may be viewed on one's own network, end to end (IP) or port to port (TCP)
  • a variety of frame and packet types are supported
  • data view can be manipulated using a network filter
  • clicking a node or link provides additional information regarding including protocol and traffic information
  • summary protocol and node table
  • can read traffic from a file or an actual network
Installing EthetApe in Ubuntu and Debian: 
If you want to install Etherape in ubuntu or debian use the following command

sudo apt-get install etherape


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