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       driftnet  -  capture  images  from  network  traffic  and  display  them  in  an X window;
       optionally, capture audio streams and play them.


       driftnet [options] [filter code]


       Driftnet watches network traffic, and picks out and  displays  JPEG  and  GIF  images  for
       display.  It  is an horrific invasion of privacy and shouldn't be used by anyone anywhere.
       It has been described as `a graphical tcpdump(8)', `EtherPeg for  Unix',  and  called  all
       sorts  of  nasty  names  by  people  on  Freshmeat. It is also possible to use driftnet to
       capture MPEG audio data from the network and play it through a player such as mpg123(1).

       Images may be saved by clicking on them.


       -h     Print a summary of usage.

       -v     Print additional details of packets captured to the terminal.

       -b     Beep when a new image is displayed.

       -i interface
              Listen to packets on interface. By default, driftnet will try to pick up traffic on
              all  interfaces,  but  this  does  not  work  with all versions of pcap(3); on such
              systems, an interface must be specified. On some systems,  driftnet  can  only  use
              promiscuous mode if an interface is specified.

       -f file
              Instead  of  listening  on an interface, read captured packets from a pcap(3); dump
              file; file can be a named pipe for use with Kismet or similar.

       -p     Do not put the interface into promiscuous mode.

       -a     Operate in `adjunct mode',  where  driftnet  gathers  images  for  use  by  another
              program, such as Jamie Zawinski's webcollage. In this mode, no window is displayed;
              images are captured and saved in a temporary directory, and their names written  on
              standard output.

       -m number
              In  adjunct  mode,  silently  drop  images  if  there  are  more than number in the
              temporary directory. It is assumed that another process will delete images which it
              has processed.

       -x prefix
              The filename prefix to use when saving images, by default `driftnet-'.

       -d directory
              Use  directory  to store temporary files. Driftnet will clear this directory of its
              own temporary files on exit, but will not delete the directory or any other files.

       -s     Attempt to capture streamed audio data from the network, and either play it or,  in
              adjunct mode, save it in files. At present this only works with MPEG data.

       -S     Capture streamed audio data only, ignoring images.

       -M command
              Use the named command to play MPEG audio data. The command, which is executed using
              the shell, should accept MPEG frames on standard input.  The default is `mpg123 -'.

       -Z username
              Drop privileges to user username after starting pcap.

       -l     List the system capture interfaces.

       -r     Put the interface in monitor mode (not supported on all interfaces).

       -g     Enable GTK display (this is the default).

       -w     Enable the HTTP server to display images.

       -W     Port number for the HTTP server (implies -w). Default: 9090.

       filter code
              Additional filter code to restrict the packets captured,  in  the  libpcap  syntax.
              User filter code is evaluated as `tcp and (filter code)'.


       tcpdump(8), pcap(3), webcollage(1), mpg123(1),,,


       Chris Lightfoot <>
       David Suárez <>


       Driftnet, version 1.3.0.
       $Id:,v 1.7 2004/04/26 14:42:36 chris Exp $


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