Step 1: Install Packetbeatedit

Before you begin: If you haven’t installed the Elastic Stack, do that now. See Get started with the Elastic Stack.

To download and install Packetbeat, use the commands that work with your system.

If you use Apt or Yum, you can install Packetbeat from our repositories to update to the newest version more easily.

See our download page for other installation options, such as 32-bit images.


sudo apt-get install libpcap0.8
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sudo dpkg -i packetbeat-7.7.1-amd64.deb


sudo yum install libpcap
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sudo rpm -vi packetbeat-7.7.1-x86_64.rpm


See Running on Docker for deploying Docker containers.


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tar xzvf packetbeat-7.7.1-darwin-x86_64.tar.gz


brew tap elastic/tap
brew install elastic/tap/packetbeat-full

This installs the most recently released default distribution of Packetbeat. To install the OSS distribution, specify elastic/tap/packetbeat-oss.


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tar xzvf packetbeat-7.7.1-linux-x86_64.tar.gz


  1. Download and install a packet sniffing library, such as Npcap, that implements the libpcap interfaces.

    If you use Npcap, make sure you install it in WinPcap API-compatible mode. If you plan to capture traffic from the loopback device ( traffic), also select the option to support loopback traffic.

  2. Download the Packetbeat Windows zip file from the downloads page.
  3. Extract the contents of the zip file into C:\Program Files.
  4. Rename the packetbeat-<version>-windows directory to Packetbeat.
  5. Open a PowerShell prompt as an Administrator (right-click the PowerShell icon and select Run As Administrator).
  6. From the PowerShell prompt, run the following commands to install Packetbeat as a Windows service:

    PS > cd 'C:\Program Files\Packetbeat'
    PS C:\Program Files\Packetbeat> .\install-service-packetbeat.ps1

If script execution is disabled on your system, you need to set the execution policy for the current session to allow the script to run. For example: PowerShell.exe -ExecutionPolicy UnRestricted -File .\install-service-packetbeat.ps1.

Before starting Packetbeat, you should look at the configuration options in the configuration file, for example C:\Program Files\Packetbeat\packetbeat.yml or /etc/packetbeat/packetbeat.yml. For more information about these options, see Configure.