WebSocket very basic protocol debugging overview

1. Required tools

  • netcat
    brew install netcat
  • nodejs
    brew install node
  • websocket tools
    npm install websocket-upgrade
  • Chrome browse

2. Starting netcat as "server" on localhost, port 8080

$ nc -lcvv localhost 8080

3. Creating websocket using chrome developer console

var ws = new WebSocket('ws://localhost:8080');
ws.onconnect = function() { console.log('connected'); }
ws.onclose = function() { console.log('closed'); }
ws.onmessage = function(msg) { console.log(msg); }

4. Chrome to Netcat HTTP Request

GET / HTTP/1.1
Upgrade: websocket
Connection: Upgrade
Host: localhost:8080
Pragma: no-cache
Cache-Control: no-cache
Sec-WebSocket-Key: DqZ/oiDTOMxe2cvqs8tdZw==
Sec-WebSocket-Version: 13
Sec-WebSocket-Extensions: permessage-deflate; client_max_window_bits, x-webkit-deflate-frame
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_9_1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/32.0.1700.107 Safari/537.36

5. Preparing response to chrome

$ node
> var wsupgrade = require('websocket-upgrade');
> var accept = wsupgrade.generateAccept('DqZ/oiDTOMxe2cvqs8tdZw==');
> console.log(accept);

6. Netcat to chrome HTTP Response

HTTP/1.1 101 Switching Protocols
Upgrade: websocket
Connection: Upgrade
Sec-WebSocket-Accept: dKCEqNbigQP0rJ2YtbTx89wt5vw=

7. Chrome should notify in console


8. Sending message from chrome to netcat over websocket



9. Useful resources


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