Does VuGen support recording and replay of HTTP/2 enabled web sites? How is HTTP/2 enabled?

  • KM02382110
  • 03-Jun-2016
  • 03-Jun-2016


As of version 12.53 VuGen supports HTTP/2 enabled web sites for recording and replay, including multiplexing.


Does VuGen support recording and replay of HTTP/2 enabled web sites? If yes, how is HTTP/2 enabled?


As of version 12.53 VuGen supports HTTP/2 (including multiplexing) enabled web sites for recording and replay.

In order to enable recording of HTTP/2 the following recording option must be set:

  1. Record > Recording Options > Network > Mapping and Filtering.
  2. Click Options to open the Advanced Port Mapping Settings dialog box
  3. In the SSL Version dropdown, select TLS ALPN.
  4. Click Update.

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ALPN is a Transport Layer Security extension for application layer protocol negotiation within the TLS handshake. It allows the application layer to negotiate which protocol should be performed over a secure connection in a manner which avoids additional round trips and which is independent of the application layer protocols.

In order to enable replaying of HTTP/2, make sure the correct TLS version is set in the script:

web_set_sockets_option('SSL_VERSION', 'TLS1.2');

To verify that HTTP/2 was used for replay, enable Advanced Trace in the Log runtime settings. After replay, see the Replay log and note the references to HTTP/2.
Below is an example log from a replay of a HTTP/2 web server.

Action.c(13): The request to server https://<hostname>/" is done with headers:
Action.c(13):     :authority = <hostname>
Action.c(13):     :method = GET
Action.c(13):     :path = /
Action.c(13):     :scheme = https
Action.c(13):     user-agent = Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gec
Action.c(13):     ko) Chrome/46.0.2486.0 Safari/537.36 Edge/13.10586
Action.c(13):     accept-encoding = gzip, deflate
Action.c(13):     accept-language = en-US
Action.c(13):     accept = */*
Action.c(13): t=2026ms: 139-byte response headers for "
https://<hostname>/" (RelFrameId=1, Internal ID=1)
Action.c(13):     HTTP/2.0 200\r\n
Action.c(13):     Status: 200\r\n
Action.c(13):     Server: nginx\r\n
Action.c(13):     Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2016 07:27:29 GMT\r\n
Action.c(13):     Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8\r\n