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@asendia/proxy-chain

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Programmable HTTP proxy server for Node.js

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Node.js implementation of a proxy server (think Squid) with support for SSL, authentication and upstream proxy chaining. The authentication and proxy chaining configuration is defined in code and can be dynamic. Note that the proxy server only supports Basic authentication (see Proxy-Authorization for details).

For example, this package is useful if you need to use proxies with authentication in the headless Chrome web browser, because it doesn't accept proxy URLs such as http://username:password@proxy.example.com:8080. With this library, you can setup a local proxy server without any password that will forward requests to the upstream proxy with password. For this very purpose the package is used by the Apify web scraping platform.

To learn more about the rationale behind this package, read How to make headless Chrome and Puppeteer use a proxy server with authentication.

Run a simple HTTP/HTTPS proxy server

const ProxyChain = require('proxy-chain');
 
const server = new ProxyChain.Server({ port: 8000 });
 
server.listen(() => {
    console.log(`Proxy server is listening on port ${8000}`);
});

Run a HTTP/HTTPS proxy server with credentials and upstream proxy

const ProxyChain = require('proxy-chain');
 
const server = new ProxyChain.Server({
    // Port where the server the server will listen. By default 8000.
    port: 8000,
 
    // Enables verbose logging
    verbose: true,
 
    // Custom function to authenticate proxy requests and provide the URL to chained upstream proxy.
    // It must return an object (or promise resolving to the object) with following form:
    // { requestAuthentication: Boolean, upstreamProxyUrl: String }
    // If the function is not defined or is null, the server runs in a simple mode.
    // Note that the function takes a single argument with the following properties:
    // * request  - An instance of http.IncomingMessage class with information about the client request
    //              (which is either HTTP CONNECT for SSL protocol, or other HTTP request)
    // * username - Username parsed from the Proxy-Authorization header. Might be empty string.
    // * password - Password parsed from the Proxy-Authorization header. Might be empty string.
    // * hostname - Hostname of the target server
    // * port     - Port of the target server
    // * isHttp   - If true, this is a HTTP request, otherwise it's a HTTP CONNECT tunnel for SSL
    //              or other protocols
    prepareRequestFunction: ({ request, username, password, hostname, port, isHttp }) => {
        return {
            // Require clients to authenticate with username 'bob' and password 'TopSecret'
            requestAuthentication: username !== 'bob' || password !== 'TopSecret',
 
            // Sets up an upstream HTTP proxy to which all the requests are forwarded.
            // If null, the proxy works in direct mode.
            upstreamProxyUrl: `http://username:password@proxy.example.com:3128`,
        };
    },
});
 
server.listen(() => {
  console.log(`Proxy server is listening on port ${8000}`);
});

Closing the server

To shutdown the proxy server, call the close([destroyConnections], [callback]) function. For example:

server.close(true, () => {
  console.log('Proxy server was closed.');
});

The closeConnections parameter indicates whether pending proxy connections should be forcibly closed. If the callback parameter is omitted, the function returns a promise.

Helper functions

The package also provides several utility functions.

anonymizeProxy(proxyUrl, callback)

Parses and validates a HTTP proxy URL. If the proxy requires authentication, then the function starts an open local proxy server that forwards to the proxy. The port is chosen randomly.

The function takes optional callback that receives the anonymous proxy URL. If no callback is supplied, the function returns a promise that resolves to a String with anonymous proxy URL or the original URL if it was already anonymous.

closeAnonymizedProxy(anonymizedProxyUrl, closeConnections, callback)

Closes anonymous proxy previously started by anonymizeProxy(). If proxy was not found or was already closed, the function has no effect and its result if false. Otherwise the result is true.

The closeConnections parameter indicates whether pending proxy connections are forcibly closed.

The function takes optional callback that receives the result Boolean from the function. If callback is not provided, the function returns a promise instead.

createTunnel(proxyUrl, target, options, callback)

Attempts to create a network tunnel through proxy server specified in param "proxyUrl" to a network service specified in param "target".

The function takes optional callback that receives the path to local service. If no callback is supplied, the function returns a promise that resolves to a String with the path to local service.

Example usage:

const tunnel = await createTunnel('http://<username>:<password>@<proxy-server>:<port>', '<service-host>:<service-port>');
// tunnel will be in format "localhost:<randomly-assigned-port>" and while it's running
// it can be used instead of '<service-host>:<service-port>' to proxy requests.

closeTunnel(tunnelString, closeConnections, callback)

Closes tunnel previously started by createTunnel(). Returns false if tunnel is not found or running. Otherwise the result is true.

The closeConnections parameter indicates whether pending connections are forcibly closed.

The function takes optional callback that receives the result Boolean from the function. If callback is not provided, the function returns a promise instead.

parseUrl(url)

Calls Node.js's url.parse function and extends the resulting object with the following fields: scheme, username and password. For example, for HTTP://bob:pass123@example.com these values are http, bob and pass123, respectively.

redactUrl(url, passwordReplacement)

Takes a URL and hides the password from it. For example:

// Prints 'http://bob:<redacted>@example.com'
console.log(redactUrl('http://bob:pass123@example.com'));

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npm i @asendia/proxy-chain

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