Spy displays all HTTP information as Internet Explorer downloads web pages and
images. It allows you to view headers, cookies and other useful information
easily, without having to setup a custom proxy server. Unlike other standard
network monitors, HTTP Spy can also show requests made using secure connection
HTTP Spy integrates with Internet Explorer as an explorer band,
without any need to use an external application.
Since there are other similar
products, here is a brief comparison between
HTTP Spy and
Ethereal - a popular protocol analyzer.
||Programmers, web developers
|Ease of usage
||Very easy. A simple explorer bar.
||Pretty complex. A lot of settings
and configurations for a simple analysis.
||None. Works with Internet
||GTK+, GLIB, LIBPCap. Installs
extra components on your machine.
||Integrates with Internet
Explorer. Records current session only, without
dumping unrelated data.
||Records entire network traffic.
Dumps unnecessary data into the log file.
Can record secured sessions (SSL) without any
Can only record unprotected content.