Fredefl Fredefl - 2 months ago 43
HTTP Question

Doing http requests through a SOCKS5 proxy in NodeJS

I'm planning to do a series of HTTP requests in NodeJS though Tor.

Tor uses SOCKS5 so I went out and searched for a way to proxify HTTP requests in NodeJS.

I'm planning to the the default http.request() function to do the work.
However, I can't seem to find a way to use a proxy with that.
Someone suggested that I could do this:

var http = require("http");
var options = {
host: "localhost",
port: 9050,
path: "http://check.torproject.org",
method: 'GET',
headers: {
Host: "http://check.torproject.org",
}
};
var req = http.request(options, function(res) {
res.on('data', function (chunk) {
console.log('BODY: ' + chunk);
});
});


But it didn't work.

So, any suggestions?

Answer

I've just published two modules that should help you do this: socks5-http-client and socks5-https-client.

Just use those instead of the default http module. The API is the same. For example:

require('socks5-http-client').request(options, function(res) {
    console.log('STATUS: ' + res.statusCode);
    console.log('HEADERS: ' + JSON.stringify(res.headers));
    res.setEncoding('utf8');
    res.on('data', function (chunk) {
        console.log('BODY: ' + chunk);
    });
});