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First Download Charles. If you use Firefox download the Firefox add-on as well.


Run the setup application to install Charles in your Programs menu.

Mac OS X

Unzip the download file by double-clicking it, and then copy the Charles application into your Applications folder.


Charles has an APT repository which is the preferred way to install Charles if you have a Debian-based Linux distribution. Use the APT repository.

Unzip the tar.gz archive in an appropriate location. If you have previously installed Charles and you are performing an upgrade; first make sure that Charles isn’t running and then install or copy over the top of the previous installation. Start Charles by running the bin/charles script.

Getting Started

To get started with Charles please see the Getting Started guide.