1. What's it?

Proxyman could capture WebSocket (WS) and Secure WebSocket (WSS) traffic and easily preview it.

  • Capture WS/WSS from iOS Physical devices and iOS Simulator (Required Atlantis framework)

  • Capture WS/WSS from Web Browser and Mac applications.

  • Capture WS/WSS from Android Physical devices or Android Emulators.

  • Prettier WebSocket Message.

  • Filter All / Sent / Received messages.

  • See the content in JSON / Tree Preview / HEX format.

  • Customize Columns: Frame, Length, Data, Time, ...

  • Auto decode Binary Message to JSON if possible

  • Open WebSocket messages by external Editors, such as Sublime, VSCode

2. Capture WS/WSS from iOS

If your iOS app is using URLSessionWebSocketTask or iOS WebSocket libraries, e.g. Starscream, SocketRocket, etc. Proxyman might not be able to capture WS/WSS traffic.

Reason: It's an intention of Apple. URLSessionWebSocketTask doesn't respect the System HTTP Proxy. All WS/WSS traffic goes directly to the Internet. Thus, Proxyman or Charles Proxy can't capture it.

  1. Proxyman Setup: Tools > Proxy Settings > SOCKS Proxy settings -> Enable it (Take note of the port)

  2. App Setup: Configure a Socksv5Proxy in your App, make sure this is only available for debug builds by implementing a switch or something, you might not want your release build with this configuration.

  • For NWConnection

let parameters = webSocketURL.scheme == "wss" ? NWParameters.tls : NWParameters.tcp

let options = NWProtocolWebSocket.Options()
options.autoReplyPing = true

parameters.defaultProtocolStack.applicationProtocols.insert(options, at: 0)

if #available(iOS 17.0, *) {
    let socksv5Proxy = NWEndpoint.hostPort(host: "", port: 8889) // Use proxyman socksv5 port
    let config = ProxyConfiguration.init(socksv5Proxy: socksv5Proxy)
    let context = NWParameters.PrivacyContext(description: "my socksv5Proxy")
    context.proxyConfigurations = [config]


let connection = NWConnection(to: .url(webSocketURL), using: parameters)
connection.start(queue: .main)
  • For URLSession

private lazy var urlSession: URLSession = {
    let config = URLSessionConfiguration.default
    if #available(iOS 17.0, *) {
        let socksv5Proxy = NWEndpoint.hostPort(host: "", port: 8889) //  Use proxyman socksv5 port
        let proxyConfig = ProxyConfiguration.init(socksv5Proxy: socksv5Proxy)

        config.proxyConfigurations = [proxyConfig]

    return URLSession(configuration: config, delegate: self, delegateQueue: operationQueue)

Credit to FranklinSamboni -> https://github.com/ProxymanApp/Proxyman/issues/586#issuecomment-2125082129

✅ Solution 2

Use Atlantis Framework (developed by Proxyman) to capture WS/WSS URLSessionWebSocketTask traffic from iOS.

Read more at https://github.com/ProxymanApp/atlantis


3. Map Websocket from Localhost <-> Production

It's possible to map the WebSocket Traffic from localhost <-> Production. Please check out the Map Remote Tool.

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