Is there any way to print the raw SOAP request for apex webservices? We have a web service that is used by a number of external providers and are putting a proxy in place that will perform some modifications of the SOAP XML. I'm hoping I can do some logging of current request to get an idea what we're in for. Is this possible?

For example if I debugged a request to this method

webservice static String GetMessage() {
  return 'Connected!';

I'd get something like this

<soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenv="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/" xmlns:mag="http://soap.sforce.com/schemas/class/Magnet">

In a dev org, the raw soap request and response are dumped into the debug log. In any other edition they are unavailable.

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  • I'm not seeing that in my DE org, is there something you have to do to get that? – Phil Hawthorn Oct 11 '14 at 10:01
  • As far as I can recall if you create the debug log the soap dump just happens. – Dominic Oct 11 '14 at 10:04
  • Yep, sorry - I misread the question – Phil Hawthorn Oct 11 '14 at 10:07

Adding my own best answer, based on some internet research:

You can use an external tool like Runscope as a webservice proxy to automatically forward requests and pass through responses and view the XML SOAP messages. This is not a native solution on SFDC but it does do the job.


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    we ended up going a similar route by setting up a basic node proxy on heroku that we can then tie up to a log provider (we went with logentries, there are lots of alternatives), it's given us a lot of flexibility to troubleshoot issues that come up with our SOAP webservices – Ralph Callaway Dec 8 '15 at 18:47

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