Its my first time using wireshark and I am encountered with one major problem i.e How will i sniff url/api that a particular application/software is hitting which is installed in Windows-8/10 by using wireshark?. Currently I am receiving a lot of url's and it is not possible to filter them out by any way. So i want to know is there any way to do that for a particular application like by setting some filters, etc. Please help me to solve this probelm.

What I have tried so far: I have already tried by setting filters for some ports but still there are a lot of url's and the port numbers that application will hit are not known yet.

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With wireshark, you can use the http.host filter.

To do an exact match, you can do:
http.host == "exact.hostname"

To check if a URL contains a specific string, do: http.host.contains "partial.hostname"

And to use regular expressions, you can use http.host.matches

For example:
http.host matches "(?i)website\.name" will match the hostname website.name and be case insensitive. (the \. is used to escape the . character in the regular expression, as the . character has a special meaning within regular expressions).

EDIT: The == above will match the given URLs, but if you would like to filter out known URLs, you can use != (not equal to) instead. Or you can do !(http.host == "exact.hostname"). This negates the result of the first option above.

  • But how do i know the host names used by that application? Isn't there any filter to setup by application name?
    – suv
    Jul 4, 2018 at 12:16
  • @suv Are you trying to filter out certain applications? Please provide an example of what you are trying to do Jul 4, 2018 at 12:22
  • yes, I want to filter out API/URL's by one Android Emulator running as an application in Windows OS. Is there any way to do so?
    – suv
    Jul 4, 2018 at 12:32
  • @suv see the edit in my answer Jul 4, 2018 at 12:38
  • Thanks but i think you misunderstood me, I mean that i don't know the url's, what i know is just application name.
    – suv
    Jul 4, 2018 at 12:43

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