Frequency Asked Questions

  • 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 server.

  • 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 network sniffers?

    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 executable!

    A: As mentioned before, HTTP Spy is a plug-in. It integrates with Internet Explorer as an explorer bar (see a screenshot).

  • Q: I've installed HTTP Spy, but I can't see the bar!

    A: To show/hide the bar, you need to open an Internet Explorer instance, and check the "Headers" bar from its menu (View->Explorer Bar->Headers).

  • 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 register it?

    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.