Charles is a software program that serves as a Web debugging proxy server. This is not to be confused with an Internet proxy server. An Internet proxy server is used to access the Internet without exposing the user’s real IP address, for security purposes. It is also utilized to access restricted sites.
A Web debugging proxy server on the other hand, functions as a regular proxy server but it has an advanced feature that displays data being sent and received by the client server and the user’s Web browser. The information provided by the program can help developers determine issues with their programs, particularly where Flash is utilized.
By default, Charles settings are automatically configured upon installation. This means that when you launch the software, it will automatically start recording new sessions. It will also automatically configure the proxy settings for your Operating System, whether this is a Windows OS or a Mac OS X system. The user can also manually configure their proxy settings. To do this, go to Proxy Settings and choose a proxy server from the list generated by the software. Generally, proxies are provided for HTTP and SOCKS.
Once you have configured the software according to your preference, you can start using it to view HTTP headers and sessions.
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