Technical notes › Disable Wireshark network interfaces
Packets need to be captured by listening on the network interface they are being sent to or received from.
By default, Wireshark will offer all available network interfaces up for capturing. This means that if you want to capture using your Wi-Fi interface, but you need to temporarily switch to the loopback interface to listen to some internal traffic before switching back, you need to search through the list to find the interface you want. And depending on your machine, this list can be quite large:
Fortunately, there’s a way to hide the interfaces you aren’t using. In Capture Options → Manage Interfaces, you can check or un-check the interfaces you want to see in the list:
With the interfaces you don’t use gone, the list looks much cleaner: