Inspect SSL/TLS Traffic from Chrome/Firefox/curl with Wireshark (no mitm!)

Note 12.01.2020: Updated instructions and printscreens for Wireshark v3.0.

Firefox, Chrome and curl offer the possibility to save the session-keys for https connections. Just set the environment variable “SSLKEYLOGFILE” to a file where you want to store the keys. We do not need to start a man in the middle (mitm) proxy.

Example for MAC OS, execute this in the Terminal:

export SSLKEYLOGFILE=/Users/username/Documents/sslkeylog.log

Then start your Browser (Chrome, Firefox) or curl from the same Terminal-Session.

open -n /Applications/

Now start Wireshark, and go to “Preferences” -> “Protocols” and choose “SSL”. Set the Path to your keylog-file. This tells wireshark to read the Keylog-File for decrypting the captured traffic.

[NOTE:] Since Wireshark 3.0, the TLS dissector has been renamed from SSL to TLS.WIreshark TLS Settings

The following TCP protocol preferences are also required to enable TLS decryption:
– Allow subdissector to reassemble TCP streams. Enabled by default.
– Reassemble out-of-order segments (since Wireshark 3.0, disabled by default).

Now start capturing and see the decrypted traffic. Easy hm?

Wireshark TLS decrypted

I made me a script which sets the variable, opens Firefox and Wireshark:

export SSLKEYLOGFILE=/Users/username/Documents/sslkeylog.log 
open -n /Applications/
open -n /Applications/

This works the same way on Windows and Linux. On Windows you need the SET command or create a new environment variable in “Control Panel” -> “System” -> “Advanced System Settings” -> “Environment Variables”. Create a new one with name “SSLKEYLOGFILE” and the path to your logfile as value.


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