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What is network-har?

CLI utility that uses Nightmare.js and the nightmare har plugin to capture network activity in HAR (HTTP Archive) format. It also provides a docker image which retrieves the HAR by running nightmarejs headlessly.

Use cases

  • integration testing (are specific requests being made? how often?)
  • performance testing (HAR contains detailed timing information of the network requests)
  • getting page weight, number of js / css / ajax / font / ... requests

Getting started

Only 1 command is required to be executed to retrive the network information. Can be used as a:

  1. nodejs binary: network-har [options]
  2. docker image (runs in a headless electron environment): docker run --rm alexbardas/network-har [options]

1. From nodejs


npm install -g network-har


network-har [options]

2. From docker


docker pull alexbardas/network-har


docker run --rm alexbardas/network-har [options]

Gain access inside the container:

docker run -it --entrypoint=/bin/bash --rm alexbardas/network-har
root@containerid:/src# ./ [options]

The (docker's image entrypoint) can be used to headlessly retrieve the network information in a CI step which is based on the alexbardas/network-har docker image.

Jq command line JSON preprocessor is already installed on the provided docker image, so the json HAR output can be very easily parsed inside the container.


The following commands can be interchangeable, but they depend on the executing environment:

  • network-har [options] (if nodejs is available and the network-har npm package is installed and if the environment already has an X server -> many ifs)
  • docker run --rm alexbardas/network-har [options] (if docker is installed)
  • ./ [options] (inside a docker container created from the provided image. Useful in a CI step)



Prints detailed help information.

docker run --rm alexbardas/network-har --help
--debug (optional, no extra arguments)

Opens a minimal window manager (jwm) and a vnc server (x11vnc) in the docker container to allow remote debugging. Connect with a vnc viewer to localhost:5900 using the password secret. Free VNC viewers:

  • for macOS: Screen Sharing (comes with every macOS version)
  • for windows: TightVNC
--url string (required)

The website for which the har information is needed.

docker run --rm alexbardas/network-har \
--header string:string (optional, default: none)

Additional headers to be added to the http request. Can be used multiple times.

docker run --rm alexbardas/network-har \
  --url \
  --header "Cache-Control:no-cache" \
  --header "Accept-Language:en-us"
--retries number (optional, default: 2)

Number of maximum retries for getting the network HAR in case the the command fails with a network error. Useful because electron can have intermittent network failures.

docker run --rm alexbardas/network-har \
  --url \
  --retries 3
--useragent string (optional, default: none)

Overrides default electron useragent with a new value.

docker run --rm alexbardas/network-har \
  --url \
  --useragent "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_11_6) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/55.0.2860.0 Safari/537.36"
--viewport number,number (optional, default: 375,667)

Overrides default electron viewport with new values.

docker run --rm alexbardas/network-har \
  --url \
  --viewport 1366,768
--wait number (optional, default: 5000)

Waits for the specified number of ms after the request is made until retrieving the network information.

docker run --rm alexbardas/network-har \
  --url \
  --wait 10000
--wait string (optional, default: none)

Waits for a specific element defined by a string selector to be available in the DOM.

docker run --rm alexbardas/network-har \
  --url \
  --wait "#hnmain"


Retrieve the network HAR for hackernews for:

  • 1024x768 viewport
  • network-har useragent
  • Cache-Control: no-cache and Accept-Language: en-US headers
  • 10s wait time for network resources
  • 3 maximum retries
  • '#hnmain' waits for the element having this selector to be in the DOM
docker run --rm alexbardas/network-har \
  --url \
  --useragent "network-har" \
  --viewport 1024,768 \
  --header "Cache-Control:no-cache" \
  --header "Accept-Language:en-US" \
  --retries 3 \
  --wait "#hnmain"


Nodejs binary:

  • It's most likely in this case that a X Window System is already present. Because it needs to open devtools in order to record the network activity and devtools works only when the electron browser is displayed, the debugging should be done directly in this environment.

Docker image:

  • There is an extra option which allows remote debugging: --debug. An extra window manager and vnc server are started in order to enable debugging from the user's host machine inside the docker container.


  1. Network-har is an open source project and welcome contributions.

  2. See to get your local environment set up.

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