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HTTP and HTTPS modules that follow redirects.

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What is follow-redirects?

The follow-redirects npm package is a drop-in replacement for Node.js' native http and https modules that automatically follows HTTP(S) redirects. It provides an easy way to make HTTP(S) requests without having to manually handle redirection logic.

What are follow-redirects's main functionalities?

HTTP/HTTPS request with automatic redirection

This code demonstrates how to make a simple HTTP GET request that automatically follows redirects using the follow-redirects package.

const http = require('follow-redirects').http;

http.get('', (response) => {
  response.on('data', (chunk) => {
}).on('error', (err) => {

Customizing redirect options

This code snippet shows how to customize the behavior of follow-redirects by setting the maximum number of redirects to follow and adding a hook to log the URL before redirecting.

const https = require('follow-redirects').https;

const options = {
  maxRedirects: 10,
  beforeRedirect: (options, { headers }) => {
    console.log(`Redirecting to: ${options.hostname}${options.path}`);

https.get('', options, (response) => {
  // Handle response
}).on('error', (err) => {

Streaming response data

This example demonstrates how to stream data from an HTTP GET request to a file, which is useful for downloading files while following redirects.

const http = require('follow-redirects').http;
const fs = require('fs');

const file = fs.createWriteStream('downloaded_file.txt');

http.get('', (response) => {
}).on('error', (err) => {

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follow-redirects provides request and get methods that behave identically to those found on the native http and https modules, with the exception that they will seamlessly follow redirects.

const { http, https } = require('follow-redirects');

http.get('', response => {
  response.on('data', chunk => {
}).on('error', err => {

You can inspect the final redirected URL through the responseUrl property on the response. If no redirection happened, responseUrl is the original request URL.

const request = https.request({
  host: '',
  path: '/UHfDGO',
}, response => {
  // ''


Global options

Global options are set directly on the follow-redirects module:

const followRedirects = require('follow-redirects');
followRedirects.maxRedirects = 10;
followRedirects.maxBodyLength = 20 * 1024 * 1024; // 20 MB

The following global options are supported:

  • maxRedirects (default: 21) – sets the maximum number of allowed redirects; if exceeded, an error will be emitted.

  • maxBodyLength (default: 10MB) – sets the maximum size of the request body; if exceeded, an error will be emitted.

Per-request options

Per-request options are set by passing an options object:

const url = require('url');
const { http, https } = require('follow-redirects');

const options = url.parse('');
options.maxRedirects = 10;
options.beforeRedirect = (options, response, request) => {
  // Use this to adjust the request options upon redirecting,
  // to inspect the latest response headers,
  // or to cancel the request by throwing an error

  // response.headers = the redirect response headers
  // response.statusCode = the redirect response code (eg. 301, 307, etc.)

  // request.url = the requested URL that resulted in a redirect
  // request.headers = the headers in the request that resulted in a redirect
  // request.method = the method of the request that resulted in a redirect
  if (options.hostname === "") {
    options.auth = "user:password";

In addition to the standard HTTP and HTTPS options, the following per-request options are supported:

  • followRedirects (default: true) – whether redirects should be followed.

  • maxRedirects (default: 21) – sets the maximum number of allowed redirects; if exceeded, an error will be emitted.

  • maxBodyLength (default: 10MB) – sets the maximum size of the request body; if exceeded, an error will be emitted.

  • beforeRedirect (default: undefined) – optionally change the request options on redirects, or abort the request by throwing an error.

  • agents (default: undefined) – sets the agent option per protocol, since HTTP and HTTPS use different agents. Example value: { http: new http.Agent(), https: new https.Agent() }

  • trackRedirects (default: false) – whether to store the redirected response details into the redirects array on the response object.

Advanced usage

By default, follow-redirects will use the Node.js default implementations of http and https. To enable features such as caching and/or intermediate request tracking, you might instead want to wrap follow-redirects around custom protocol implementations:

const { http, https } = require('follow-redirects').wrap({
  http: require('your-custom-http'),
  https: require('your-custom-https'),

Such custom protocols only need an implementation of the request method.

Browser Usage

Due to the way the browser works, the http and https browser equivalents perform redirects by default.

By requiring follow-redirects this way:

const http = require('follow-redirects/http');
const https = require('follow-redirects/https');

you can easily tell webpack and friends to replace follow-redirect by the built-in versions:

  "follow-redirects/http"  : "http",
  "follow-redirects/https" : "https"


Pull Requests are always welcome. Please file an issue detailing your proposal before you invest your valuable time. Additional features and bug fixes should be accompanied by tests. You can run the test suite locally with a simple npm test command.

Debug Logging

follow-redirects uses the excellent debug for logging. To turn on logging set the environment variable DEBUG=follow-redirects for debug output from just this module. When running the test suite it is sometimes advantageous to set DEBUG=* to see output from the express server as well.



MIT License



Last updated on 14 Mar 2024

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