Installing Napatech Link-Capture™ Software

Installation and Use of Napatech Link-Capture™ Software for Intel® PAC with Intel® Arria® 10 GX FPGA

Intel® PAC
Content Type
Quick Guide
Capture Software Version
Link™ Capture Software 12.9

Install Napatech Link-Capture™ Software using the package installer script included in the product release package.

Before you begin

You need to install the following:
  • Linux kernel development headers, GCC version 4.0 or later, glibc, and make (you should have already installed these in Installing the OPAE Framework)
  • ncurses version 5.0 or later (only applies to the monitoring, profiling and setup_wizard tools):
    sudo yum install ncurses


  1. Go to the Napatech site:
  2. From the toolbar, click Download Software.
    Icons available from Napatech website for Intel software, including Download Software option
    Scroll down to Link-Capture™ Software for Intel® Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel Arria® 10 GX FPGA and download either the Windows or Linux product package.
  3. Unpack the product package:
    tar xzf ntanl_package_3gd_intel_pac-x.y.z-linux.tar.gz
    cd ntanl_package_3gd_intel_pac-x.y.z-linux
    The unpacked product directory contains:
    • Product package release notes.
    • A readme file, describing the product package content.
    • A package install shell script, a product package install script.
    • A documentation subdirectory.
    • A subdirectory for each product package component, containing release notes and an installer file for the component.
  4. Install the Napatech driver and tools:
    Note: You need root privileges to install and compile the Linux driver and the tools.

    The product package installer script is located in the root directory. This installs the driver software, the tools, documentation, FPGA images, and optionally a version of libpcap.

    If the product package installer script detects that a version of the driver software is already installed, you can update the existing installation, delete the existing installation before commencing, or quit the installation script.

    You can install a version of libpcap with Napatech extensions. For more information about libpcap with Napatech extensions, see DN-0428.

    The /opt/napatech3/ directory, including subdirectories, is created. The driver is installed and compiled to match the target Linux kernel version.

    Note: Napatech Link-Capture™ Software with Intel® PAC A10 GX does not show up as a standard network interface when you run network tools such as ifconfig or ip. See Overview for more information.