First Steps with Fiddler Everywhere on Linux

This tutorial describes how to install and start using Fiddler Everywhere on Linux.

  • First, you will go through the installation and configuration steps.
  • Next, you'll create a Fiddler account so that you can move on to effectively using the web-debugging tool.
  • Then, you will switch the default Light theme with the Dark one.
  • Finally, you will see how to capture, inspect, and modify traffic.

Prerequisites

  • Install Ubuntu 18+ x64.
  • Provide 300MB of free disk space.
  • Create an account with administrative rights which you'll need for capturing and decoding HTTPS traffic.
  • Provide an active internet connection with access to the following URLs:
  https://*.getfiddler.com/
  https://*.amazonaws.com/

Installing Fiddler Everywhere on Your Machine

You'll first have to install the latest version of Fiddler Everywhere on your machine.

  1. Navigate to the Fiddler Everywhere download page.

  2. Select Download for Linux to download the installer.

  3. Install the downloaded package. On most Linux distributions, you need to set the installation file as executable before starting the installation. To achieve this, either use the command line or the GUI of the desired distribution:

    • Setting the installation plan as executable through the command-line:

      1. Open a terminal.

      2. Navigate to the folder where the installation file resides.

      3. Type sudo chmod +x filename.appimage. You can omit the sudo command if the currently logged user is the one that downloaded the executable.

      4. If prompted, enter your username and password. Press the Enter key.

    • Setting the installation plan as executable through the GUI.

      For the Gnome distribution

      Gnome setting executable

      For the Cinnamon distribution

      Cinnamon setting executable

      For the KDI distribution

      KDE setting executable

Creating Your Fiddler Account

In this step you'll register by creating your personal Fiddler Everywhere account and become a trial user.

  1. Launch the Fiddler Everywhere client. Select the New User? Sign up button.

  2. On the Create Account screen, enter the requested information and accept the terms of the agreement. The email you provide here will be later on used by your collaborators for sharing sessions, collections, and notifications.

  3. Open the confirmation email and verify your Fiddler registration by entering the unique code.

  4. Fill in the required information and proceed through the Let's Go button.

  5. On the next screen, choose whether you want to become a trial user or purchase a subscription plan by selecting either the Start Free Trial or the BUY NOW link. For the purposes of this tutorial, you'll become a trial user by selecting the Start Free Trial option. You are all set to start using the full-scale functionalities Fiddler Everywhere delivers.

Styling the Tool

Now let's add more elegance to Fiddler Everywhere and change its default Light theme with the Dark one—just go to the Themes menu, select the Dark theme, and click Save. That's it!

Capturing Secure Traffic

Fiddler Everywhere can capture all HTTP and HTTPS traffic between your computer and the Internet from virtually any application that supports a system proxy.

However, by default, you can only track non-secure HTTP system traffic with Fiddler Everywhere. Therefore, to enable the capturing of HTTPS system traffic, you'll have to install and trust the Fiddler root certificate.

As the Linux distributions use different security features and approaches for trusting a root certificate, Fiddler Everywhere enables you to export the certificate and manually import it into your Linux OS.

The approach for trusting the Fiddler root certificate in this tutorial assumes that your Linux distribution uses the dkpg-reconfigure command. If this is not the case, refer to the article on configuring the Fiddler certificate on Fedora, CentOS, and RedHat.

  1. Start Fiddler Everywhere and go to Settings > HTTPS. Expand the Advanced Settings sub-menu and click the Export Root Certificate to Desktop button.

  2. To import and trust the exported certificate, perform the following steps.

    (For localized Linux distributions only) Some Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, use localized paths—for example, the name of the Desktop folder is translated into the locale language. As this may cause an error, specifically create a folder named Desktop in your root mkdir ~/Desktop directory. Then, export the certificate to the newly created directory. Once the certificate is installed, you can safely remove that directory.

    1. Create a directory and copy the exported certificate by running the following commands.

      $ sudo mkdir /usr/share/ca-certificates/extra
      $ sudo cp ~/Desktop/FiddlerRootCertificate.crt /usr/share/ca-certificates/extra
      
      // Starts the tool and upgrades the certificates.
      $ sudo dpkg-reconfigure ca-certificates
      
    2. From the prompt, select Yes to install new certificates.

      Add new certificate

    3. Choose the FiddlerRootCertificate.crt file and click OK.

      Add Fiddler certificate

    4. The certificates are now updated.

      Add Fiddler certificate

  3. Enable the capturing of the HTTPS traffic by selecting the Capture HTTPS traffic checkbox and clicking Save.

  4. Back in the main Fiddler Everywhere screen, enable the Live Traffic toggle to start capturing HTTP and HTTPS system traffic.

That's it! Fiddler Everywhere will start immediately to capture all the traffic generated from any application that uses the operating system proxy settings.

Fiddler Everywhere provides the preconfigured browser-capturing option, which enables you to skip the system capturing configuration from this step. The predefined browser-capturing option comes in handy when you generate captured traffic only from a browser, or lack administrative right to install certificates and to modify the system proxy, or when third-party VPNs and security tools are colliding with the Fiddler Everywhere proxy.

Fiddling with the Traffic

Let's now continue with capturing and inspecting some HTTPS traffic:

  1. Inspect each session's request and response data through the Inspectors tab.

  2. Extract more details and statistical data by using the Overview tab.

Now you'll extract a captured session:

  1. Go to the Live Traffic tab and select a request/response entry from under the sessions list.

  2. Double-click to open the Inspectors tab and inspect the detailed session request/response data.

  3. Switch to the Overview tab to observe technical and statistical data.

Let's modify that session!

  1. Right-click the session of your request to open the context menu of the entry. From there, select Edit in Composer.

  2. When the session opens in a new Composer window, modify its headers. For example, add new HTTP header with the isTest key and the true value.

  3. Click the tick to add the new HTTP header.

  4. Click the Execute button to replay the modified request.

That was it! Now you are ready to dive more deeply into Fiddler Everywhere and take full advantage of its slick functionalities!

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