In this post you may find a brief overview of several HTTP sniffers. You might immediately jump to the web sniffers classified table.
Web Sniffers are classified in 3 categories
- Browser plugin sniffers – work to catch all the web traffic pertinent only to a particular browser.
- Online sniffers – do the sniffing by users visiting (requesting) the target server from their web page.
- Stand-alone sniffers – do all their computer traffic sniffing as independent background applications. They are much more powerful compared to browser built-in tools, since they are capable of catching all the traffic: including that of applications, browsers and systems.
Web Sniffers Review table
|SNIFFER||REVIEW||Features||HTTPS/SSL||Trial period or free edition||Additional notes|
|1. Browser built-in Sniffers|
|HTTPWatch||READ REVIEW||Multi-featured, automation||supports||Basic edition is free||FF and IE plugin. The sniffer automation makes it possible to use it for unit testing.|
|LiveHTTPHeaders||READ REVIEW||Headers, cookie, content display||supports||Free||FF plugin, lightweight|
|HTTPFox - HTTP analyzer||READ REVIEW||Headers, cookie, content display, filtering||supports||Free||FF plugin, simple|
|Firebug for HTTP activity sniffing||READ REVIEW||Multi-featured||supports||Free||FF plugin|
|2. Online Sniffers|
|Web-sniffer.net||READ REVIEW||HTTP(S) headers and content view.||supports||Free||Simple handy tool for an express HTTP monitoring.|
|Web-sniffer.me||READ REVIEW||HTTP(S) headers, download speed.||supports||Free||Handy tool for HTTP monitoring. Various user-agents are emulated,|
|3. Stand-alone Sniffers|
|HTTP Analyzer||READ REVIEW||Multi-featured, automation||supports||15 days trial|
|EffeTech HTTP Sniffer||READ REVIEW||Multi-featured||does not support||15 days trial||catches TCP packets; displays IP addresses|
|WireShark||READ REVIEW||Headers, content, hexadecimal code, cookie. TCP packets.||supports||Free||Powerful tool; multy-layer protocols capture.|
|HTTP Scoop||READ REVIEW||Headers, cookie, cache, content, hex or text POST data, TCP packets.||does not support unless proxy configured||14 days trial||For Mac OS. Timeline is not present|
|4. Sniffers as proxy|
|Charles proxy||READ REVIEW||Multi-featured. It can re-send requests by the number of iterations and concurrency.||supports||30 days trial||An unlicensed copy (trial) of a Charles sniffer will run only 30 min at a time. Lacking timeline.|
|Fiddler||READ REVIEW||Multi-featured.||supports||Free||Issues its own RootCertificates for HTTPS capture. There are some Addons and 3d party utilities for extended functionality.|