Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)

This protocol is widely use to send e-Mail from the authors mail program to the mail server and between servers too.

Receiving mail from a server - on the other hand - is done using POP or IMAP.


SMTP is existing since the early days of the internet and was one of the first protocols used.

Protocol dependencies

Example traffic

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The SMTP dissector is fully functional.

Preference Settings

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Example capture file

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Display Filter

A complete list of SMTP display filter fields can be found in the display filter reference

Capture Filter

You cannot directly filter SMTP protocols while capturing. However, if you know the TCP port used (see above), you can filter on that one.

External links


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