The text editor is used by the
HTTP message editor for
displaying requests and responses in
raw form, and
elsewhere within Burp for displaying plain text content.
Syntax in HTTP requests and responses is automatically colorized to
highlight interesting items, such as parameters in requests and HTML
elements in responses. You can configure this behavior, and also the font,
in message display options.
When syntax colorizing is enabled, the editor also displays mouse-over
popups showing the decoded values of syntax items where appropriate. For
HTTP requests, the popups perform URL-decoding, and for responses they
The text editor supports hotkeys for various common actions. These can be
configured in the hotkeys options,
and the default hotkeys relevant to the text editor are as follows:
- Ctrl + A, select all
- Ctrl + X, cut selected text
- Ctrl + C, copy selected text
- Ctrl + V, paste
- Ctrl + S, find and highlight the selected text throughout the message
- Ctrl + Z, undo last edit
- Ctrl + Y, redo last undone edit
- Ctrl + U, URL-encode selected text (hold down Shift to decode)
- Ctrl + H, HTML-encode selected text (hold down Shift to decode)
- Ctrl + B, Base64-encode selected text (hold down Shift to decode)
- Ctrl + left, move to previous word
- Ctrl + right, move to next word
- Ctrl + up, move to previous paragraph
- Ctrl + down, move to next paragraph
- Ctrl + home, go to start of message
- Ctrl + end, go to end of message
- Ctrl + backspace, delete previous word
- Ctrl + del, delete next word
At the bottom of the text editor is a search bar that can be used to
quickly find expressions within the displayed text. As you type into the
search box, the editor will automatically highlight matching items in the
text. The "<" and ">" buttons can be used to move the selection to the
previous or next match. The "+" button displays the following options:
- Case sensitive - This specifies whether the search
is case sensitive or insensitive.
- Regex - This specifies whether the search term is a
regular expression or a literal string.
- Auto-scroll to match when text changes - This
specifies whether the text editor should automatically scroll to the
first highlighted match when new text is displayed. This is useful, for
example, when stepping through items in the
Proxy history looking for a
particular expression in responses. If this option is selected, then
when you select a new item, the display will automatically scroll to the
first search match.
Note that in addition to search highlights, some Burp tools apply their
own highlights to requests and responses. For example,
Burp Scanner highlights relevant parts of HTTP
messages in its issue advisories. If you are not using the search function,
you can use the "<" and ">" to move the selection between the tool-generated
Monday, January 16, 2017
This release adds various enhancements and fixes:
- There is a new command-line option to launch Burp with a specified user configuration file.
- A bug that was recently introduced that prevented license activation in headless mode has been fixed.
- The Content Discovery function now correctly handles applications that have wildcard behavior for file extensions (e.g. those that return a specific response for admin.xxx regardless of the file extension). This eliminates the only known false positives reported by the new Content Discovery engine.
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