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A Secure Web Proxy. Which is fast, secure, and easy to use.

This project is under active development. Everything may change soon.

Socratex extends the native net.createServer, and it acts as a real transparent HTTPS-proxy built on top of TCP-level.

It's a real HTTPS proxy, not HTTPS over HTTP. It allows upstream client-request dynamically to other proxies or works as a single layer encrypted proxy.

Socratex will request and set up the certificate automatically, and it will automatically renew the certificate when it expires. You don't need to worry about the dirty work about HTTPS/SSL.

It supports Basic Proxy-Authentication and Token-Based-Authentication as default. Socratex will create a new token at the first run, you don't need to worry about it.

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Why another proxy?

First of all, many people in particular countries need proxy software that is easy to deploy and could be used to secure their network traffic. Second, because of the limitation on App Store, especially in China, VPN and proxy software are not allowed to be used. So we need to find a way to avoid censorship without any client apps. Secure Web Proxy is the only choice and a promising one.

Deploy a Secure Web Proxy within 10 seconds

You need a domain name and set an A-record pointed to your cloud virtual machine.

Usually, that virtual machine can not be located in China.

Assumes that you have a workable Node.js (v16 or above) environment.

Now let's make the magic happen!

  • Modern method:
$ sudo su
# cd ~
# npx socratex --bypass=cn
  • Classic method:
$ git clone
$ cd socratex
$ npm install
$ sudo ./main.mjs --bypass=cn
  • With Docker:
$ touch ~/.socratex.json
$ docker pull leask/socratex
$ docker run -d --restart=always -p 80:80 -p 443:443 \
    -v ~/.socratex.json:/root/.socratex.json \
    leask/socratex --bypass=cn

If everything works fine, you should see a message like this:

[SOCRATEX] Secure Web Proxy started at (IPv6 ::).
[SOCRATEX] HTTP Server started at (IPv6 ::).
[SSL] Creating new private-key and CSR...
[SSL] Done.
[SSL] Updating certificate...
[SSL] Done.
[SOCRATEX] * Token authentication:
[SOCRATEX]   - Log:
[SOCRATEX] * Basic authentication:
[SOCRATEX]   - Log:
[SOCRATEX]   - Proxy:

Copy the PAC url or WPAD url and paste it into your system's Automatic Proxy Configuration settings. That is all you need to do.

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Note: You can also use the log url to monitor the system's activity.

Command line args

All args are optional. In most cases, you just need to set the domain name. Of cause, you can also set the bypass countries to reduce proxy traffics.

Param Type Description
domain String Domain to deploy the proxy.
http With/Without Use HTTP-only-mode for testing only.
bypass String Bypass IPs in these countries, could be multiple, example: --bypass=CN --bypass=US
user String Use user and password to enable Basic Authorization.
password String Use user and password to enable Basic Authorization.
token String Use to enable Token Authorization.
address String Activate/Handle Proxy-Authentication. Returns or solves to Boolean.
port Number Default 443 to handle incoming connection.


Why not use sudo npx ... directly?

Socratex works at default HTTP (80) and HTTPS (443) ports. You need to be root to listen to these ports on some systems. Because of this issue:, if you are in a folder NOT OWN by root, you CAN NOT use sudo npm ... or sudo npx ... directly to run socratex.

Why doesn't work with iOS?

Socratex can be used with macOS, Chrome OS, Windows, Linux and Android. But it's NOT compatible with iOS currently. Because iOS does not support Secure Web Proxy yet. I will keep an eye on this issue and try any possible walk-around solutions.

Why name it Socratex?

Socratex was named after Socrates, a Greek philosopher from Athens credited as the founder of Western philosophy and among the first moral philosophers of the ethical tradition of thought.


Image credit: The Death of Socrates, by Jacques-Louis David (1787)

Programmable proxy

Programmable proxy


You can also use socratex as a programmable proxy to meet your own needs.

$ npm i -s socratex

Socratex is an ES6 module, so you can use it in your modern Node.js projects.

import { Socratex } from 'socratex';

const [port, address, options] = ['4698', '': {}];

const socratex = new Socratex(options);

socratex.listen(port, address, async () => {
    console.log('TCP-Proxy-Server started at: ', server.address());

Options object use to customize the proxy

options should be an object.

Param Type Description
basicAuth Function/AsyncFunction Activate/Handle Proxy-Authentication. Returns or solves to Boolean.
tokenAuth Function/AsyncFunction Activate/Handle Proxy-Authentication. Returns or solves to Boolean.
upstream Function/AsyncFunction The proxy to be used to upstreaming requests. Returns String.
tcpOutgoingAddress Function/AsyncFunction The localAddress to use while sending requests. Returns String.
injectData Function/AsyncFunction The edited data to upstream. Returns Buffer or string.
injectResponse Function/AsyncFunction The edited response to return to connected client. Returns Buffer or string.
keys Function/AsyncFunction The keys to use while handshake. It will work only if intercept is true. Returns Object or false.
logLevel Number Default 0 to log all messages.
intercept Boolean Activate interception of encrypted communications. False as default.

upstream, tcpOutgoingAddress, injectData & injectResponse options

The options are functions having follow parameters:

Param Type Description
data Buffer The received data.
session Session Object containing info/data about Tunnel.
  • upstream-Function need to return/resolve a String with format -> IP:PORT or USER:PWD@IP:PORT of used http-proxy. If 'localhost' is returned/resolved, then the host-self will be used as proxy.
  • tcpOutgoingAddress-Function need to return a String with format -> IP.
  • injectData-Function need to return a String or buffer for the new spoofed data. This will be upstreamed as request.
  • injectResponse-Function need to return a String or buffer for the new received data.

Note: These functions will be executed before first tcp-socket-connection is established.

Upstream to other proxies

If you don't want to use the host of active instance self, then you need to upstream connections to another http-proxy. This can be done with upstream attribute.

const options = {
    upstream: async () => { return 'x.x.x.x:3128'; },

The Basic Authorization mechanism

This activate basic authorization mechanism. The Auth-function will be executed while handling Proxy-Authentications.

Param Type Description
username String The client username.
password String The client password
session Session Object containing info/data about Tunnel

Note: It needs to return True/False or a Promise that resolves to boolean (isAuthenticated).

const options = {
    basicAuth: async (user, password) => user === 'bar' && password === 'foo';

The Token Authorization mechanism

This activate token authorization mechanism. The Auth-function will be executed while handling Proxy-Authentications.

Param Type Description
token String The client token.
session Session Object containing info/data about Tunnel

Note: It needs to return True/False or a Promise that resolves to boolean (isAuthenticated).

const options = {
    tokenAuth: async (token) => token === 'a-very-long-token';


This feature is in very early stage, and it's for web development only. The callbacks injectData & injectResponse could be used to intercept/spoof communication. These functions are executed with the data and session arguments.

Intercepting HTTPS

The boolean attribute intercept allows to break SSL-Communication between Source & Destination. This will activate Security-Alarm by most used browsers.

const [uaToSwitch, switchWith] = ['curl 7.79.1', 'a-fake-user-agent'];
const options = {
    intercept: true,
    injectData(data, session) {
        if (session.isHttps && data.toString().match(uaToSwitch)) {
            return Buffer.from(data.toString().replace(uaToSwitch, switchWith));
        return data;
curl -x localhost:8080 -k
curl 7.79.1

curl -x localhost:8080 -k

The keys Function

You can use this option to provide your own self-signed certificate.

If activated needs to return an Object {key:'String', cert:'String'} like native tls_connect_options.key & tls_connect_options.cert or false statement.

If no object is returned, then default keys will be used to update communication.

Param Type Description
session Session Object containing info/data about Tunnel.

Note: This function will be executed before TLS-Handshake.


The Session-instance is a Object containing info/data about Tunnel.

Use .getConnections() to get the current connections.

setInterval(() => {
    const connections = socratex.getConnections();
    console.log([new Date()], 'OPEN =>', Object.keys(connections).length)
}, 3000);

The connection items in the connections array include useful attributes/methods:

  • isHttps - Is session encrypted.
  • getTunnelStats() - Get Stats for this tunnel
  • getId() - Get Own ID-Session
  • isAuthenticated() - Is the session authenticated by user or not.
  • ... (More APIS tobe documented)

Dynamically routing

This example upstreams only requests for to another proxy, for all other requests will be used localhost.

const options = {
    upstream(data, session) {
        return data.toString().includes('')
            ? 'x.x.x.x:3128' : 'localhost';

Testing with curl:

curl -x

curl -x

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