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WCF Service call SOAP request

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I built a WCF Service that uses custom username and password authentication and I am testing it from the client app with the following code:

    using (ServiceReferenceClient.TestServiceClient tc = new ServiceReferenceClient.TestServiceClient())
    {
    	tc.ClientCredentials.ServiceCertificate.Authentication.CertificateValidationMode = X509CertificateValidationMode.None;
        tc.ClientCredentials.UserName.UserName = "User1";
        tc.ClientCredentials.UserName.Password = "Pwd1";
        tc.ServiceMethod(param1, param2, param3);
    }

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It works fine but I need to see the actual SOAP request sent to the WCF service and response. How can I do that from my client?
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Run Fiddler while you send requests. It will show you the HTTP traffic, including the SOAP.
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That's the thing, my client app does not make http requests so it does not show up in fiddler
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What do you mean your client does not make the requests? If this is an SSL-secured service, then you'll have to enable Fiddler's SSL interception, which will require installing a self-signed cert that Fiddler uses to decrypt traffic. (Basically, Fiddler performs a man-in-the middle "attack" allowing you to see the SSL-encrypted data.)
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The client app is a console application in Visual studio. I open Fiddler and then run the client app and nothing shows up in fiddler
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by:Randy Peterson
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Have you tried using Wireshark?  What is the endpoint of your WCF service you are consuming?  I am just curious what protocol you are using for the connection.
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I am using wsdl endpoint
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by:Randy Peterson
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OK.  But the wsdl endpoint means you added it as a service reference in the project correct?  Look in your app.config and you will find the actual endpoint (URL).  Can you post the xml here?
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Here is what I have in Web.config file of the client:

<client>
      <endpoint address="http://localhost:xxxxx/MyService.svc" binding="wsHttpBinding"
        bindingConfiguration="wsHttpEndpoint" contract="ServiceReference1.IMyService"
        name="wsHttpEndpoint">
        <identity>
          <certificate encodedValue="xxxxxx" />
        </identity>
      </endpoint>
    </client>

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Author just responded.  Now we can try to answer the question.
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So looking at your endpoint it appears that your are hosting this on IIS correct?  Also, your client is on the same server correct?   Getting loopback packets are not so simple.  So you can install the client on a different machine and then you can easily capture the packets based on ip to ip, or you can follow the instructions here to get local loopback traffic captured:  https://wiki.wireshark.org/CaptureSetup/Loopback
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Yes, the service is hosted on IIS server but the client is on a different server
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So, that makes it easier then.  Open up wireshark and do a simple filter on the other compter's ip address.  You should even be able to filter on the particular port so you only see that traffic.  Although, just an FYI, if you have security set up, your messages could be encrypted (at least the inner packet.
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I am not familiar with wireshark and I cannot install something that is not in approved software list due to security reasons. Is there anything else I could use?
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Unfortunately, that is the only one I have been using.  It is the one software I've found that really captures the packets, which is really what you are after.  As suggesting other software, I'm not familiar with others and it would most likely be in the same situation with your ability to install.  I would suggest if seeing the actual packets is a must, then try to get approval for wireshark.  You do not get to see the actual soap message in your client or service as it is all handled in the network stack.

Here is the wireshark tutorial to capture the SOAP messages:  https://victorjabur.com/2010/09/10/capturing-soap-message-through-http-traffic-web-services/
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