Kismetdb to PCAP

Packet data

Kismet stores packets as binary data in the kismetdb log file.

Most tools like Wireshark, tcpdump, Aircrack-NG, and many more, use the PCAP format.

Installing the Python log utility

The kismetdb-to-pcap conversion utility is part of the python-kismet-db package. This can be installed automatically via pip:

$ pip install kismetdb

If pip is unavailable, you will need to install the pip package for your distribution.

Alternately, you can install the kismetdb Python module from git:

$ git clone
$ cd python-kismet-db
$ python ./ build
$ sudo python ./ install

You will need the python-setuptools package from your distribution.

Converting packets

The simplest way to convert packets is to just call the kismet_log_to_pcap tool:

$ kismet_log_to_pcap --in some-kismet-log.kismet --out some-pcap-log.pcap

However, there are many options for filtering the packet stream as it is converted:

  • --outtitle [*filetitle*] and --limit-packets [*number*] Instead of outputting to a single file, you can automatically split the packets into multiple files. This can make processing the log easier with some tools.

      $ kismet_log_to_pcap --in some-kismet-log.kismet --outtitle some-log --limit-packets 1000
  • --source-uuid [*uuid*] Limit packets by the capture UUID of the Kismet source that recieved the packet.

  • --start-time [*time*] and --end-time [*time*] Limit packets by the supplied start and end time ranges. Times can be human-readable like the format of the date command.

  • --min-signal [*value*] Only include packets with a signal stronger than [*value*].