Wireshark for RTI Connext DDS

Wireshark is a network protocol analyzer. It allows you to look at all the packets in an RTI network and capture the ones you want. The graphical display shows packets as they arrive, dissects packet contents and graphs the output for easy analysis.

Uses include:

  • Seeing all the DDS traffic for a given time period
  • Watching the interaction between RTI Connext DDS and web services traffic

Download Wireshark

RTI is an active member of Wireshark's developer community, providing fixes and enhancements to Wireshark's RTPS dissector. These changes are integrated in the latest official release of Wireshark, which you can download from: https://www.wireshark.org/download.html.

Wireshark RTPS Dissector

Configuring Wireshark to Highlight RTPS Packets

Wireshark provides custom coloring rules that can be configured in the Main Menu > View > Coloring rules. For instance, these are the ones provided by default:

We have two ways to modify these coloring rules.

Method 1. Modifying the Coloring rules manually in the GUI

In order to do this, we just need to add them manually in the window above. The result should be like this:

Method 2. Modifying the "colorfilters" file.

At the end, the content is recorded in a file named "colorfilters". By default, this file can be found in:

  • Windows
    C:\Program Files (x86)Wireshark\colorfilters

  • Linux
    It depends on the distribution. Typically, /usr/share/wireshark/colorfilters or /usr/local/share/wireshark/colorfilters

  • OSX
    /Applications/wireshark.app/Contents/Resources/share/wireshark/colorfilters

Although the content of this file says "DO NOT MODIFY", there is no risk in performing this change. We need to add this at the beginning of the file (after the comment):

# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE!  It was created by Wireshark

@RTI TCP@rtitcp&&!rtps@[65535,65535,65535][23690,0,65535]
@NDDS Ping@udp[16-23] == "NDDSPING"@[65535,65535,65535][0,32639,1676]
@User traffic@(rtps.sm.wrEntityId.entityKind == 0x02) || (rtps.sm.wrEntityId.entityKind == 0x03)@[65535,65535,65535][43801,2639,5300]
@Meta traffic@(rtps.sm.wrEntityId.entityKind == 0xc2) || (rtps.sm.wrEntityId.entityKind == 0xc3)@[65535,65535,65535][7710,6930,44581]
@Non-RTPS traffic@!rtps@[65535,65535,65535][35939,35939,35939]

You can download here the resulting file in case you prefer to simply replace your current one. Remove the .txt extension if you do so.

If you experience any issue when changing the coloring rules, please email support@rti.com.