V1 Sniffer Software

This page is for the V1 Sniffer firmware only! If you have V2, check the other page - the process has changed between versions.

Using the Firmware V1 Sniffer

There are currently two ways to use the sniffer:

Nordic's nRF Sniffer Utility (Windows only)

If you are on Windows, the best user experience will be had by using the official Nordic nRFSniffer application, available as a download from Nordic Semiconductors after creating a 'My Pages' account, and registering your device using the product ID located on the Bluefruit LE Sniffer packaging.

More information on using Nordic's nRF Sniffer application.

Python API (Cross-Platform, no Registration)

If you are not using Windows, or don't wish to create a MyPages account, the alternative is to use a Python interface to communicate with the nRFSniffer firmware, which will log any traffic to a libpcap file that can be opened directly in Wireshark.  This has been tested on OS X 10.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7, but it currently doesn't support streaming data directly into Wireshark via named pipes (though this is possible with some platform-specific effort).

More information on using the Python API.

This guide was first published on Nov 19, 2014. It was last updated on Nov 19, 2014. This page (V1 Sniffer Software) was last updated on Nov 17, 2019.