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Capture HTTP/HTTPS traffic from NodeJS

1. New Automatic Solution (v4.7.0 or later) ✅

Proxyman v4.7.0 or later can capture HTTP/HTTPS traffic from NodeJS with 1-click.
  • 1-click solution: No need to manually set HTTP Proxy config or trust the self-signed certificate.
  • Support many NodeJS libraries: axios, got, superagent, fetch, and node-fetch

How to use:

  1. 1.
    Open Proxyman -> Setup Menu -> Automatic Setup
  2. 2.
    Click on "Open New Terminal"
  3. 3.
    Accept the Apple Script permission prompt if needed
  4. 4.
    The New Terminal app is launched -> You can start your NodeJS Backend Server, or Run scripts => Proxyman automatically captures all traffic.
  5. 5.
    For example:
$ npm start
Done ✅
Capture NodeJS Traffic
Please check out the Automatic Setup page:
There are common problems when using NodeJS + Proxyman:

1. Proxyman could not capture http://localhost:3000 requests to my NodeJS Server

If you're using NodeJS to serve a localhost website (e.g http://localhost:3000), Proxyman might not work. For example: Use ExpressJS to serve an API Server at http://localhost:3000

Solution:

Please check out this solution.

2. Proxyman could not capture HTTP requests, which are called from my NodeJS local server.

  • I use fetch or axios doesn't show on the Proxyman app
  • Get SSL Error from HTTPS Requests

Solution

By default, all HTTP/HTTPS requests which are called from your NodeJS library don't go through HTTP Proxy Server. Thus, Proxyman could not capture the traffic.

1. node-fetch

  1. 1.
    Install global-agent package
npm install global-agent
2. At the top of your NodeJS code, add the following code:
import { bootstrap } from 'global-agent';
bootstrap();
process.env['NODE_TLS_REJECT_UNAUTHORIZED'] = '0';
3. Add this env to your current bash. Make sure Proxyman is listening at port 9090
export GLOBAL_AGENT_HTTP_PROXY=http://127.0.0.1:9090
4. Done ✅
Run your NodeJS Script again and the HTTP/HTTPS request would appear on the Proxyman app.

Sample code

import fetch from 'node-fetch';
// Setup global-agent
import { bootstrap } from 'global-agent';
bootstrap();
process.env['NODE_TLS_REJECT_UNAUTHORIZED'] = '0';
// fetch the data
const response = await fetch('https://httpbin.org/get?id=123');
const data = await response.json();
// Done
console.log(data);

2. Axios

According to Axios Documentation, we can simply provide the HTTP_PROXY and HTTPS_PROXY environment.
  1. 1.
    Click on the Proxyman Status Menu
  2. 2.
    Copy Shell Command
  1. 3.
    Open the Terminal and run the paste content: For example export https_proxy=http://192.168.1.103:9090 http_proxy=http://192.168.1.103:9090
  2. 4.
    On the same Terminal -> Start your NodeJS Server with axios.
  3. 5.
    Axios will proxy the traffic to Proxyman.
  4. 6.
    Done ✅

3. I use different NodeJS Library

If you're not using fetch or axios, the configuration might be different. Please check out your lib Document to see how to set the proxy and trust the Proxyman certificate.