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not supported anymore; please use nodejs --ssl-keylog and 'keylog' event


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WARNING: since 0.2.0, completely new API is implemented (described below). 0.1.x API is not supported anymore.

sslkeylog is a module for easy generation of SSLKEYLOG files, which can be used later by Wireshark to decrypt SSL connections. This method works with any TLS cipher suite including elliptic curves crypto, and works regardless of the TLS version.

sslkeylog also allows one to use the keylog API introduced in Node.JS 12.3.0, in earlier versions of Node (up to v10). See use as a polyfill.

Further reading about SSLKEYLOG:

Node.js v10+ is required. Tested on v10 (LTS), v11, v12; OS X and Linux.


Getting started

Install the module:

npm install -g sslkeylog

Set the SSLKEYLOGFILE environment variable as usual:

export SSLKEYLOGFILE=/tmp/keys.log

Then in your code, call the hookAll function at startup:


That's it! Run your code and decryption keys will be logged to the specified file.

Setting log file

If you don't want to use SSLKEYLOGFILE or want to override it, you can use setLog:


Logging specific connections

hookAll will log decryption keys for every TLS connection initiated or received by the Node.JS process. This is okay for quick debugging, but is bad practice and may fail (because it patches Node.JS internals) or may be inconvenient if you have lots of connections.

Instead of calling hookAll, you may use (a combination of) other functions to log only certain connections:

Incoming connections to a server

To log all incoming connections to a tls.Server (or derivates such as https.Server or http2.Server), use hookServer:

const myServer = https.createServer(...);
// ...

HTTPS requests

To log outgoing connections for HTTPS requests made by your code, use hookAgent:


This will only work for requests that use the default agent. If the requests you're interested in specify a custom agent, you must hook this agent instead:

const myAgent = new Agent(...);
// ...
https.request({ ..., agent: myAgent, ... })
// ...

Specific connections

For more advanced use cases where you want to log a particular connection, you can pass the created TLSSocket to hookSocket. For example, with tls.connect:

const mySocket = tls.connect(...);
// ...

With http2.connect:

const http2Session = http2.connect(...);
// ...

Note that you must call hookSocket as soon as the TLSSocket is created (in the same loop tick), otherwise keys may not be logged properly.

Use as a polyfill

For more advanced use cases, you can use the keylog API directly:

  • If you are using Node.JS 12.3.0 or later, you don't need this module at all.
  • If you are using an earlier version of Node.JS, just doing require('sslkeylog') will activate the polyfill. Then you can use the API as usual.


If you are using Node 12.2.x or earlier, make sure usual compiling tools (make, g++, etc.) are installed; on Ubuntu / Debian, sudo apt-get install build-essentials should suffice.

To use in your project, install as usual:

$ npm install --save-dev sslkeylog

...or add to package.json and use npm/yarn to do the work.

For dev environment, clone the repository first:

$ git clone
cd node-sslkeylog
$ npm install
cd examples


Clone the repository, build with npm install and go to examples/ subdir. Open few terminal tabs or tmux/screen windows.

  1. 1st terminal: make server (starts https server on port 8000)
  2. 2nd terminal: make capture (starts tcpdump on loopback-interface, port 8000)
  3. 3rd terminal: make req (curl https://localhost:8000)
  4. Stop https server and tcpdump.

Now you have sslkeylog.txt (written by https server) and test.pcap (written by tcpdump).

Open test.pcap in Wireshark, right-click on any TLS packet, choose Protocol Preferences → Open Secure Sockets Layer Preferences → (Pre)-Master-Secret log filename and fill full path to to sslkeylog.txt

Now you can see decrypted packets:

wireshark screenshot

API reference


  • filename (String): Set filename at which (future) decryption keys will be logged.

Sets the log filename. Returns the module object.


  • socket (tls.TLSSocket): Socket to log decryption keys for.

Log keys for a particular client socket. This method must be called after creating the socket (i.e. at the same event loop tick) to guarantee that all keys are logged. Logging the same socket multiple times has no effect.

Returns the passed socket.


  • server (tls.Server): Server to log decryption keys for.

Log keys for all (future) incoming connections to the passed server. Logging the same server multiple times has no effect.

Returns the passed server.


  • agent (https.Agent | undefined): Agent to log decryption keys for.

Log keys for all (future) outgoing connections created by the passed agent. If no agent is passed, https.globalAgent will be used. Returns the patched agent.


Log every TLS socket that is created. This relies on patching TLSSocket#_init, so it may break and is not guaranteed to remain compatible with future Node.JS releases. Calling this method multiple times has no effect.

Project status


  • windows support?


Not tested on production, use at your own risk. Issues/PRs are welcome.



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