HTTP-Watch – Know Everything That Happens When A Webpage Loads

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on November 11, 2009



Ever wondered what is happening back-stage when your Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox is loading a web-page?


There are lots of HTTP requests being processes, lots of scripts being executed. A lot of stuff happens. If you want to know the detail about all these background activities, you can do it free. HTTP-Watch is a free tool for HTTP sniffing which works right inside your Internet Explorer or Firefox and will capture each and every activity of the webpage load. You can use this tool to monitor your website or any other web-site and monitor every activity during the load of the web-page. You can use this to test your websites and blogs.

Also see : Know Which Application Is Using Internet Connection


To know all the details of a web page loading follow these steps :

1. Download and Install Free Version of HttpWatch


2. Now Open Internet Explorer and Click on the HttpWatch Icon to load the activity recorder as seen in the snapshot below:



3. This will load a recorder view of HttpWatch at the bottom half of IE screen. Click on the Record Button as seen below:


4. Now Open the Website you want to monitor or test, and you will see the logs flowing in this recorder as the website loads. After the website is loaded completely, save the logs in a  file. It will be saved with a .hwl extension.


5. Double click on the file. It will open it with the log viewer application of HttpWatch.


6. Ta Da ! Here are the detailed logs of the website opening.


Hope you find this interesting and useful while testing of any webpage or website. You can use this monitoring tool to check if there is any unwanted link or malware loaded when you open a particular website.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

ravi November 11, 2009 at 9:59 am

Great post, very informative. Have learned a lot from your site.

Harish M. Shetty December 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

Very usefull

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