http-proxy or http-proxy-middleware?

Both http-proxy and http-proxy-middleware are suitable for creating proxy servers in Node.js. The choice between them depends on your specific requirements and preferences.

Here's a brief comparison:

  • http-proxy: This is a lower-level module that provides more control over the proxying process. It's suitable for creating custom proxy servers with fine-grained control over request and response handling.
  • http-proxy-middleware: This is a middleware for Connect/Express applications that simplifies the process of creating proxy servers. It's suitable for quickly setting up proxies in Express applications without writing much boilerplate code.

If you prefer a more straightforward setup and are using Express for your Node.js server, http-proxy-middleware may be a better choice. It integrates seamlessly with Express middleware and allows you to define proxy routes easily.

Here's an example of how to use http-proxy-middleware to create a proxy server in an Express application:

  1. Install necessary dependencies:

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     npm install http-proxy-middleware express
  2. Create the proxy server:

    Create a file named server.js (or any other name you prefer) and add the following code:

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     const express = require('express');
     const { createProxyMiddleware } = require('http-proxy-middleware');
     // Create an Express application
     const app = express();
     // Define proxy routes
     const proxyRoutes = {
         '/api/posts': {
             target: '',
             changeOrigin: true,
             pathRewrite: {
                 '^/api/posts': ''
         '/api/users': {
             target: '',
             changeOrigin: true,
             pathRewrite: {
                 '^/api/users': ''
         // Add more proxy routes here as needed
     // Register proxy middleware for each route
     for (const [route, options] of Object.entries(proxyRoutes)) {
         app.use(route, createProxyMiddleware(options));
     // Start the Express server
     const port = 4300;
     app.listen(port, () => {
         console.log(`Proxy server is running on port ${port}`);
  3. Run the server:

    Run the server by executing the following command in your terminal:

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     node server.js

With this setup, the Express server will act as a proxy, forwarding requests to '/api/posts' to and requests to '/api/users' to You can add more proxy routes as needed by defining additional entries in the proxyRoutes object.

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