Configure the host machine for network payload capture

Learn how to configure your local Cloud or Standalone Kobiton host machine so you and your team can use network payload capture during a manual session or automation session.

Before you start

You’ll need to:

  • Verify your system administrator privileges for the local Cloud or Standalone Kobiton host machine. The host machine is the Mac mini computer in the Kobiton cart.

  • Download and install Apple Configurator on the host machine.

Modify the dc.ini file

Open the Terminal app on the host machine or ssh to the host machine.

Next, you’ll edit the dc.ini within the /usr/local/deviceconnect directory. Open the file in your preferred text editor.

nano /usr/local/deviceconnect/dc.ini

If the following lines are present, simply verify the IP address, then go to Check for an existing SSH key. Otherwise, add these lines to the end of the file and replace HOST_MACHINE_IP_ADDRESS with the correct value.

# Payload Capture

When you’re finished, save your changes, then run the following command to restart deviceConnect.

sudo sv restart /usr/local/var/service/*

If you are only hosting Android devices, you can move on to configure your Android device now. The next steps are only required for hosting iOS devices.

Check for an existing SSH key

In the terminal, open the .ssh directory, then list the contents of the directory.

cd ~/.ssh && ls -a

If you see an id_rsa file, go to Modify the SSH key. Otherwise, continue to the next section.

Generate a new SSH key

In the .ssh directory, enter the following command:

ssh-keygen -t rsa

Leave the passphrase empty and press Enter.

> Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): [Leave empty]
> Enter same passphrase again: [Leave empty]

Now you’re ready to modify the SSH key.

Modify the SSH key

In the .ssh directory, copy the contents from your id_rsa public key into the authorized_keys_ file.

cat >> ./authorized_keys
If an authorized_keys_ file doesn’t exist, one will be automatically created.

Login using your SSH key. If prompted to trust this connection, type yes and press Enter.


After you’re successfully logged in, exit the SSH session, then restart the host machine.

exit && sudo shutdown -r now

Set up Apple Configurator

Open the Apple Configurator app you installed previously.

In the menu bar, select Apple Configurator 2, then select Install Automation Tools:

From menu bar, select Apple Configurator, then Install Automation Tools

Select Install, then enter your admin password. Once the automation tools are installed, you can close Apple Configurator since it doesn’t need to be open for network payload capture.

Now, you can configure your Android device or iOS device for network payload capture.