Filtering Traffic

Environment

Product
Product Version Fiddler Everywhere 1.0.0 and above

Description

Fiddler Everywhere sets itself as the operating system proxy once the system capturing activates. The application captures and outputs all HTTP/HTTPS/WebSocket traffic from client applications that respect the system proxy. The Live Traffic list displays the traffic as session entries.

Modern applications often generate hundreds or even thousands of requests, which might pollute your session list with lots of unwanted information. This article reveals some of the options you can use to filter the captured traffic or lower the amount of captured traffic.

Column Filters

Each column from the Live Traffic list has its own filtering submenu. A filter condition contains different logical operations (for example, contains, starts with, ends with, is equal to, and so on). Each logical operation combines with the filter value, which depends on the column type and can be a string, number, boolean, or predefined value.

column filter menu

Applying a column filter adds a condition to your active filter (from the Filters toolbar option). If no active filter is present, applying a column filter adds a condition in the Default filter (which, in turn, automatically activates).

When you clear a column filter, it automatically deletes its condition from the active filter. If no active filter is present, the column filter removes its condition from the Default filter.

Filters

The Filters toolbar option enables you to apply complex filtering solutions, such as creating multiple filtering conditions, combining them with logical operations, saving filters for later reuse, and more. An active column filter automatically adds as a condition in your active filter (or in the Default filter if no saved filters are active).

Filters toolbar option

Using Filters

Create and apply a filter through the Filters toolbar option as follows:

  1. Click the Filters button to open the filters editor window.

  2. (Optional) Add a filter name.

    Adding a name will allow you to save and easily reuse a filter at a later point.

  3. Set one of the following filter execution criteria:

    • all these conditions—The rule applies when all conditions are true (logical TRUE).
    • any of these conditions—The rule applies when any conditions are true (logical OR).
    • none of these conditions—The rule applies when none of the conditions is true (logical FALSE).

    Learn more about the available match conditions, which apply to both the filters and rule creation.

  4. Add one or more match conditions based on the HTTP headers, HTTP bodies, or other specific Fiddler's columns data.

  5. (Optional) Save the filter.

    Saved filters can be easily activated and deactivated, simplifying and improving their usage. You can also duplicate, edit or remove a saved filter through the Filters editor.

  6. Click Apply to close the Filters editor and immediately apply the newly created filter.

All condition values connected to a Live Traffic column are auto-completed with the auto-completion suggestions based on the captured data. Additionally, after adding a condition, a counter will show the number of matches (from the currently captured sessions).

Filters Menu

The Filters option provides a drop-down menu to manage your active and saved filters. Through the drop-down, you can easily apply a saved filter, change an active filter, disable an active filter, save a new filter, or clear an unsaved column filter (the Clear option is available only when no other saved filters are activated).

Filters menu

Using Predefined Browser Capturing

The predefined browser capturing opens a separate instance of your default Chromium browser and captures traffic from that instance only. Using this option while Live Traffic system capturing is paused will ensure that only traffic from the browser instance is output in the Live Traffic list. All additional columns and advanced filters are still applicable.

Bypassing the Proxy

While bypassing the proxy is not technically related to filtering, requests to specific domains may not go through the Fiddler proxy but directly through the upstream proxy. As a result, these sessions won't pollute your Live Traffic tab. You can set a list of domains to bypass through the Connections menu, or you can add a URL to the bypass list while using the context menu.