Q: What is HTTP Spy?
A: HTTP Spy is a plug-in. It integrates with
Internet Explorer, allowing the user to watch
all http requests between the client and the
Q: Who uses HTTP Spy?
A: Web developers, internet programmers, network
administrators, and anyone who wants to learn
more about http protocol.
Q: Why use HTTP Spy instead of any other
A: Since HTTP Spy integrates itself with
Internet Explorer, it is very easy to use it,
without any need to use an external executable.
In addition, unlike a network sniffer, it can
also show you encrypted sessions (SSL)!
Q: I've installed HTTP Spy, but there is no
A: As mentioned before, HTTP Spy is a plug-in.
It integrates with Internet Explorer as an
explorer bar (see a
Q: I've installed HTTP Spy, but I can't see
A: To show/hide the bar, you need to open an
Internet Explorer instance, and check the "Headers"
bar from its menu (View->Explorer
Q: Can I save the headers to a file?
A: Yes. You can save the headers to a simple text file, or to an RTF file.
To save it, popup the context menu by right clicking inside the HTTP Spy bar,
and choose the Save option.
Q: Does it REALLY shows me all the headers?
A: Well..., most of them. Since
WININET handles redirections by itself,
you won't be able to see their
requests/responses. This is a known issue,
waiting to be solved.
Q: Why should I
A: HTTP Spy is shareware. It takes a lot of time
and effort to write such software. Registration
fee is pretty cheap, allowing you to show
gratitude and appreciation to the author. In
addition, you will receive all future updates
with no extra charge. For registration info, you
can look here.