How I use Proxyman to see HTTPS requests/responses on my iPhone?

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This mini-blog would demonstrate how to use Proxyman for macOS to capture and see HTTP/HTTPS Traffic from your iOS Devices.

1. Configuration:

1.1/ Download the app

If you haven't downloaded the app, let download the latest version from Proxyman website https://proxyman.io/.

If you're a new Proxyman user, please follow Getting Started with Proxyman.

If you've done, you can see the HTTP/HTTPS Traffic from your macOS machine.

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1.2/ Setup the Certificate for my iPhone

Please go to Certificate Menu -> Install Certificate on iOS -> Physic Devices.

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iOS Setup Guidline would show you all required steps:

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1.3/ Config Wifi pointing to Proxyman

Get your iPhone device -> Go to Setting App -> Wifi -> (Select current Wifi) -> Configure Proxy -> Manual. Then I used the same Server and Port on Guideline to configure Proxy on my iPhone.

Please update the IP 192.168.0.103 to the IP, which is displayed in the iOS Guideline Windows.

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1.4/ Install Proxyman Profile

At this step, we can see all requests coming from my device on Proxyman app. However, in order to see content of Responses, I will need to install Proxyman Certificate.

On my iPhone, Go to Safari -> http://proxy.man/ssl -> Click on Allow button.

If you could not access this domain, make sure you turn OFF all VPN apps on your iPhone devices. Otherwise, please follow this troubleshooting.

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1.5/ Install Proxyman Certificate

Then go to Setting App -> Profiles Downloaded -> Select Proxyman CA -> Install

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1.6/ Trust Proxyman Certificate

From iOS 10.3+, we need to trust certificate manually. Thus, final step is go to Setting App -> General -> About -> Certificate Trust Settings -> Turn ON “Enable full trust for root certificates”

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2. Time to debug Unsplash

OK, enough config. It’s time to actually see HTTP requests/ responses coming from Unsplash app.

From now, we can see all iPhone’s requests showed up after we finished configuring a proxy.

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2.1/ Search and Pin a domain

First, We search for app Unsplash with Command+Shift+F (You can also search the app using Search bar).

Then, right click and select Pin. This is one of interesting features of this app. We can Drag & Drop a specific domain into Pin section. As soon as we pin a domain, Proxyman automatically enables SSL Proxying for this domain too.

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2.2/ See HTTPS Content

Make a request again, you can see the HTTPS Request/Response in plain text.

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Additions: Open content with Editing tool

There is a small button on the top right corner. When clicking the app reveals some Editing app, which is installed on your macOS machine.

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What going next?

After this tutorial, you can see HTTP/HTTPS Traffic from your iOS devices with Proxyman for macOS.

If you would like to go further, there is the next step:

  1. Learn to use Breakpoint tool, to manipulate the data on the fly.
  2. Learn to use Map Local to provide a Mock Response.
  3. Use iOS Simulator?
  4. ...

Proxyman is a high-performance macOS app, which enables developers to view HTTP/HTTPS requests from apps and domains on iOS device, iOS Simulator and Android devices. Get it at https://proxyman.io/

Noah Tran
Noah Tran