Desktop Companion - Proxy Recorder

Run the proxy recorder locally on your desktop.

The Desktop Companion allows you to run the Proxy Recorder locally on your desktop. Recorded requests will then appear in the Editor tab. Refer to the Proxy Recorder documentation for further information on how it works.

There are two main sections in this chapter:

  • How to configure your browser.
  • Hot to start/stop the recording process.

Configure your browser

You’ll have to configure the port the Real Load Proxy listens on (default: 18080) in your browser. We recommend to use a browser that allows you to configure proxy settings independently from the Operating System proxy settings. FireFox is a good candidate for this and we’ve documented its configuration in this section.

Import Reverse Proxy CA certificate

For the browser to trust SSL certificates issued by the Recording Proxy, you’ll need to import the Proxy’s CA certificate as follows:

  • Export the certificate to a file: In the Desktop Companion’s Proxy Setting tab, click the “Export CA Certificate. Then select a folder where the certificate is to be exported. It will be saved in file “RecProxyCert.cer”.

  • Import certificate: Navigate to the certificate settings in FireFox:

Then click on the “Auhtorities” tab, “Import” button and select the “RecProxyCert.cer” that you’ve just exported from the Desktop Companion.

Make sure you trust the certificate to identify websites:

Configure proxy settings

In the FireFox “Settings” and scroll to the bottom of the page where “Network Settings” are located . The below window should be displayed and configure the Port to be 18080 for both HTTP and HTTPS. Configure the host and port as shown in the below screenshot. Also tick the “Also use this proxy for HTTPS”.

Test browser configuration

Navigate to any SSL enabled page. You shouldn’t see any warnings about untrusted SSL certificates beings used.

If you check the certificate of the site you’re visiting, the issuer should be “Real Load Pty Ltd”, as shown in this screenshot.

Start the recording process

To start the recording process go to the Proxy Recorder tab and click on the “Start Recorder” button.

Stop the recording process

To stop the recording process clik on the “Stop Recorder” button. Then navigate to the “Editor” window and you should see all recorded requests as in this example:

Last modified November 9, 2021: Added desktop companion doc (e693460)