Dominic Tobias Dominic Tobias - 7 months ago 14
Javascript Question

Node Http Proxy - basic reverse proxy doesn't work (404s)

I'm trying to get a very simple proxy working with node-http-proxy which I would expect to just return the contents of google:

const http = require('http');
const httpProxy = require('http-proxy');

const targetUrl = 'http://www.google.co.uk';

const proxy = httpProxy.createProxyServer({
target: targetUrl
});

http.createServer(function (req, res) {

proxy.web(req, res);

}).listen(6622);


For example I would expect http://localhost:6622/images/nav_logo242.png to proxy to http://www.google.co.uk/images/nav_logo242.png instead of returning a 404 not found.

Thanks.

Answer

You need to set the Host header of your request

const http = require('http');
const httpProxy = require('http-proxy');

const targetHost = 'www.google.co.uk';

const proxy = httpProxy.createProxyServer({
    target: 'http://' + targetHost
});

http.createServer(function (req, res) {
    proxy.web(req, res);

}).listen(6622);

proxy.on('proxyReq', function(proxyReq, req, res, options) {
    proxyReq.setHeader('Host', targetHost);
});

Inside an express app it's probably easier to use express-http-proxy when proxying some of the requests.

const proxy = require('express-http-proxy');
app.use('*', proxy('www.google.co.uk', {
  forwardPath: function(req, res) {
    return url.parse(req.originalUrl).path;
  }
}));
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