How to Install Ostinato Network Traffic Analyzer in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal/10.10?

As a GNU/Linux system administrator or as an experienced user "knowing" advanced information about your network/traffic, etc is one of the most important things concerning security. Although there are various tools which fall into that "category" in GNU/Linux but today I'm going to introduce (well most know about this great little app actually) a utility called Ostinato.

It's written in Qt toolkit and can also be used in Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX as well.

Main features...

*. Supports common network protocols such as - Ethernet/802.3/LLC SNAP, VLAN (with QinQ), IP, ARP, TCP, UDP and ICMP.

*. Configure stream rates/ no of packets, etc.

*. Create and configure multiple streams easily.

*. Add new protocol builders using its framework.

*. Supports any text based protocols.

*. Shows real-time/live network status - packet status, sent/receive, etc.

If you use Ubuntu 11.04, then you can install Ostinato by entering the below command in your Terminal.
sudo sh -c ‘echo deb ./ > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/obs-ostinato.sources.list’
wget -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ostinato
For Ubuntu 10.10 users, please use the below command instead.
sudo sh -c ‘echo deb ./ > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/obs-ostinato.sources.list’
wget -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ostinato
For MS Windows and Mac users, please visit this Ostinato home page for downloading. 


Anonymous said...

while running the command "sudo apt-get install ostinato" it is giving an error "E: Unable to locate package ostinato"

Please help how to successfully install it.

Gayan said...


If you use a never Ubuntu version (11.10 or 12.04 for instance), then you need to use different commands.

For instructions to install it on all never Ubuntu (and other distributions), please visit the below link and once you're in that page, click on the 'Ubuntu' icon and follow the onscreen instructions.

Good luck.

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