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tcpdump: Monitor ALL eth1 Traffic Except My Own SSH Session

I‘m using tcpdump to dump, debug and monitor traffic on a network. However, there is lots of noise and I would like to exclude ssh from my dumps. How do I monitor all traffic except my ssh session?

The tcpdump command displays out the headers of packets on a network interface that match the boolean expression. In other words you can use boolean expression to drop ssh traffic from dumping and monitoring operation using the following syntax:

tcpdump -i eth1  -s 1500 port not 22

You can skip additional ports too:

tcpdump -i eth1  -s 1500 port not 22 and port not 53

You can also use ip or hostname:

tcpdump -i eth1 port not 22 and host 1.2.3.4

See also:

man tcpdump

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  • Zdenek Styblik April 14, 2010, 10:27 am

    There are unmatched ‘pre’ tags in the first example.
    And btw, please switch sides of text and banners if possible. :\

    • nixCraft April 14, 2010, 11:10 am

      Thanks for the heads up and sorry for the mixup. I’ve fixed css issue :)

  • rik April 14, 2010, 11:56 am

    It’s also possible to use the service names in /etc/services, like
    # tcpdump -i eth0 “port not ssh”

  • Ran April 15, 2010, 8:07 am

    a little more automatic… =)
    tcpdump -i eth0 port not 22 and host not `echo $SSH_CLIENT | awk ‘{print $1}’`

  • dapxin April 18, 2010, 11:00 pm

    pretty darn useful stuff. kiu.

  • buxtin May 15, 2015, 2:15 pm

    tcpdump -i eth0 port 80 and 443 and host not `echo $SSH_CLIENT | awk '{print $1}'` and not host 'tor.sabotage.org' and not host 'sh02.packetderm.com' and not host 'anemone.mooo.com' and not host 'snorky.mixmin.net' >> temp-tcpdump.txt

  • ijnnji November 1, 2016, 2:01 am

    “>>” will create a flat file. Why not use “-w” to right a pcap file?

    tcpdump -i enp1s10 not port ssh and not host `hostname -I` -w my_cap.pcap

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