osmo-pcap has been created to collect network traces at different nodes but store them centrally at a dedicated note for further analysis. This might be needed for auditing, resolving conflicts, post processing or debugging a distributed system.

The system consists out of the osmo-pcap-client to capture traffic at a host and osmo-pcap-server to receive the traffic, store and rotate the traffic at a centralized server. There is a shell script to compress and expire old traces.


The osmo-pcap-client is using libpcap and has a built-in detector for the GPRS-NS/BSSGP protocol to exclude user traffic. The client is known to work on 32/64 bit systems. It can be configured through the VTY and the minimal config includes the interface to monitor, the pcap filter to use and the server to send it to.


The osmo-pcap-server will listen for new TCP connections and then will receive the data from the client if it is coming from a known/good source IPv4/port. The server is configured to write one file per client and to
change/rotate the file when the link encapsulation is changing. It can be configured to rotate the file a given time interval and/or if the file size is over a threshold.

The osmo-pcap-server comes with a shell script to rotate and compress old traces. Currently the configuration parameters (age or amount based) need to be tuned in the script itself.

Binary Packages

Osmocom provides binary packages for several flavors of Debian and Ubuntu GNU/Linux on a variety of architectures (i586, x86_64, armhf, armv7l). Unless you are a software developer interested in developing on Osmocom, it is recommended you use those packages instead of building from source.

For more details see Binary_Packages

Commercial Support

Commercial support as well as development, system integration and training services for this project are available from sysmocom

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