Global HTTP & HTTPS tunneling

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Configures the global http and https agents to use an upstream HTTP proxy.
Works transparently to tunnel modules that use node's default http.request() method as well as the popular request module.
You can install this package by just executing the following:
npm install global-tunnel-ng
To make all HTTP and HTTPS connections go through an outbound HTTP proxy:
var globalTunnel = require('global-tunnel-ng');

  host: '',
  port: 8080,
  proxyAuth: 'userId:password', // optional authentication
  sockets: 50 // optional pool size for each http and https

This will use the CONNECT method for HTTPS requests and absolute-URIs for HTTP requests, which is how many network proxies are configured.
Optionally, to tear-down the global agent and restore node's default global agents:

Any active connections will be allowed to run to completion, but new connections will use the default global agents.
Advanced Usage


The complete list of options to globalTunnel.initialize:
  • host - the hostname or IP of the HTTP proxy to use
  • port - the TCP port to use on that proxy
  • connect (optional) controls what protocols use the CONNECT method. It
has three possible values (strings): - neither - don't use CONNECT; just use absolute URIs - https - (the default) only use CONNECT for HTTPS requests - both - use CONNECT for both HTTP and HTTPS requests
  • protocol - the protocol that the proxy speaks, either http: or https:.
  • proxyAuth - (optional) to authenticate userId:password
  • sockets - (optional) maximum number of TCP sockets to use in each pool.
There are two pools: one for HTTP and one for HTTPS. Uses node's default (5) if falsy.


Here's a few interesting variations on the basic config.

Absolute URI Proxies

Another common proxy configuration is one that expects clients to use an absolute URI for the Request-URI for all HTTP and HTTPS requests. This is common for networks that use a proxy for security scanning and access control.
What does this mean? It means that instead of ...
GET / HTTP/1.1

... your proxy expects ...

You'll need to specify connect: 'neither' if this is the case. If the proxy speaks HTTP (i.e. the connection from node --> proxy is not encrypted):
  connect: 'neither',
  host: '',
  port: 3128

or, if the proxy speaks HTTPS to your app instead:
  connect: 'neither',
  protocol: 'https:',
  host: '',
  port: 3129

Always-CONNECT Proxies

If the proxy expects you to use the CONNECT method for both HTTP and HTTPS requests, you'll need the connect: 'both' option.
What does this mean? It means that instead of ...

... your proxy expects ...

Be sure to set the protocol: option based on what protocol the proxy speaks.
  connect: 'both',
  host: '',
  port: 3130

HTTPS configuration

If tunnelling both protocols, you can use different HTTPS client configurations for the two phases of the connection.
  connect: 'both',
  protocol: 'https:'
  host: '',
  port: 3130,
  proxyHttpsOptions: {
    // use this config for app -> proxy
  originHttpsOptions: {
    // use this config for proxy -> origin


If globalTunnel.initialize doesnt receive a configuration as its first parameter the http_proxys and http_proxy environment variables will be used.
If these are missing the npm configurations https-proxy, http-proxy, proxy will be used instead.
If no environment variables or npm configurations are found nothing will be done.

Retrieving proxy URL, parsed config and proxy status

As the module does some extra job determining the proxy (including parsing the environment variables) and does some normalization (like defaulting the protocol to http:) it may be useful to retrieve the proxy URL used by the module.
The property globalTunnel.proxyUrl is the URL-formatted (including the optional basic auth if provided) proxy config currently in use. It is null if the proxy is not currently enabled.
Similarly, the globalTunnel.proxyConfig contains the entire parsed and normalized config.
The property globalTunnel.isProxying contains the information about whether the global proxy is on or off.
Any module that doesn't specify an explicit agent: option to http.request will also work with global-tunnel.
The unit tests for this module verify that the popular request module works with global-tunnel active.
For untested modules, it's recommended that you load and initialize global-tunnel first. This way, any copies of http.globalAgent will point to the right thing.
If you'd like to contribute to or modify global-tunnel, here's a quick guide to get you started.

Development Dependencies


Download via GitHub and install npm dependencies:
git clone
cd global-tunnel
npm install


Testing is with the mocha framework. Tests are located in the test/ directory.
To run the tests:
npm test
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To file a bug or propose a patch, please use github directly.
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