HTTP Inspection Tools of Note

Posted: June 15th, 2005
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We here at Port80 look at lots of tools to monitor HTTP requests and responses.

Some of the tools are implemented as proxies, allow rewriting of headers and all sort of fun stuff, while others plug-in to the browser and monitor the requests passively.  While folks may know of LiveHeaders for Mozilla (http://livehttpheaders.mozdev.org) or HttpWatch for IE (http://www.httpwatch.com), here are a few more that we have found varying in price and capabilities.

Stuck in the middle with you — a few proxies:

Fiddler
http://www.fiddlertool.com/fiddler
We quite like this proxy, which is being updated all the time.

HTTPCatcher
http://www.httpcatcher.com
A Java-based HTTP proxy to see full headers — and change ‘em on the fly.

Charles
http://www.xk72.com/charles/index.html
Another Java-based HTTP inspection proxy.

Toolbars!  Toolbars!  Get your HTTP toolbars here!:

IE Inspector – HTTP Analyzer
http://www.ieinspector.com
Similar to the popular HttpWatch but cheaper — the DOM inspector though is much more interesting…

HTTPLook
http://www.httpsniffer.com/index.htm
Interesting integration with the specification to show you header information and decent filtering.

HttpDetect
http://www.effetech.com/sniffer
This is a packet sniffer that can see all the HTTP stuff going on – on your box.  When you need a powertool, Bob Villa-style.

IEWatch
http://www.iewatch.com
Yet another IE plug-in — is there a pattern of free tools emerging here?

ieHTTPHeaders
http://www.blunck.info/iehttpheaders.html
Yet another IE plug-in — but this one is FOSS for the budget-minded (free and open, baby).

We even have our own internal tool (httpScope) that we use internally.  It may one day be released at a Port80 near you…

Cheers,
Port80ians

7 Comments »

7 Comments on “HTTP Inspection Tools of Note”

  • I like wfetch from Microsoft for HTTP troubleshooting

    Posted by: Bernard Cheah at 11:57 pm on June 16th, 2005
  • Another great HTTP sniffer and HTTP analyzer.

    Posted by: PKA at 9:06 am on March 24th, 2007
  • Is there a free tool similar to httpwatch to work on mozilla. I dont mind adding a few lines of code but something that could be the closest would be great!!

    Posted by: Himanshu at 11:23 am on December 4th, 2007
  • Hey Himanshu,

    You can try Live HTTP Headers on Mozilla:

    http://livehttpheaders.mozdev.org/

    Cheers,

    Chris @ Port80

    Posted by: Chris @ Port80 at 12:00 pm on December 4th, 2007
  • Another good HTTP Inspection tool:

    http://www.httpdebugger.com/

    Posted by: pka at 6:38 am on February 24th, 2008
  • Someone asked a question on httpWatch-like functionality in FireFox — try FireBug at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1843

    Cheers,

    Chris @ Port80

    Posted by: Chris @ Port80 at 2:57 pm on May 19th, 2008
  • You didn’t mention the HTTP Debugger, which costs only $50 🙂

    Posted by: Khachatur Petrosyan at 11:32 am on October 16th, 2008