Chrome/Puppeteer has a couple of annoying issues when trying to use http/s proxies and socks proxies with the chrome browser controlled by puppeteer. The most pressing issues are the following:
- Dynamically changing proxy servers: Once the chrome browser is started, it is not possible to change the proxy configuration any longer. A restart is required to switch proxy configuration.
- user/pass proxy authentication: The chrome browser does not support username/password proxy authentication for socks proxies. Puppeteer supports the http proxy authentication via the
page.authenticate()function, but it does not have an equivalent for socks proxies.
- Per page proxies: Per page proxies are not supported with the chrome browser. The global proxy configuration applies to all pages and windows of a launched chrome process. It seems like the new module tries to solve this issue.
For my purposes, I don't really care about problem 3). I don't need per page proxies anyway, since the crawling software I write runs with one browser tab at the time. However, issue 1) is a mandatory requirement for me and thus needs to be solved.
The reason is, I don't want to restart the browser each time I need to change …