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Got Scraping

Got Scraping is a small but powerful got extension with the purpose of sending browser-like requests out of the box. This is very essential in the web scraping industry to blend in with the website traffic.


$ npm install got-scraping

The module is now ESM only

This means you have to import it by using an import expression, or the import() method. You can do so by either migrating your project to ESM, or importing got-scraping in an async context

-const { gotScraping } = require('got-scraping');
+import { gotScraping } from 'got-scraping';

If you cannot migrate to ESM, here's an example of how to import it in an async context:

let gotScraping;

async function fetchWithGotScraping(url) {
    gotScraping ??= (await import('got-scraping')).gotScraping;

    return gotScraping.get(url);


  • Node.js >=16 is required due to instability of HTTP/2 support in lower versions.


Got scraping package is built using the got.extend(...) functionality, therefore it supports all the features Got has.

Interested what's under the hood?

import { gotScraping } from 'got-scraping';

    .then( ({ body }) => console.log(body));



Type: string

URL of the HTTP or HTTPS based proxy. HTTP/2 proxies are supported as well.

import { gotScraping } from 'got-scraping';

        url: '',
        proxyUrl: '',
    .then(({ body }) => console.log(body));


Type: boolean
Default: true

Whether to use the generation of the browser-like headers.


See the HeaderGeneratorOptions docs.

const response = await gotScraping({
    url: '',
        browsers: [
                name: 'chrome',
                minVersion: 87,
                maxVersion: 89
        devices: ['desktop'],
        locales: ['de-DE', 'en-US'],
        operatingSystems: ['windows', 'linux'],


A non-primitive unique object which describes the current session. By default, it's undefined, so new headers will be generated every time. Headers generated with the same sessionToken never change.

Under the hood

Thanks to the included header-generator package, you can choose various browsers from different operating systems and devices. It generates all the headers automatically so you can focus on the important stuff instead.

Yet another goal is to simplify the usage of proxies. Just pass the proxyUrl option and you are set. Got Scraping automatically detects the HTTP protocol that the proxy server supports. After the connection is established, it does another ALPN negotiation for the end server. Once that is complete, Got Scraping can proceed with HTTP requests.

Using the same HTTP version that browsers do is important as well. Most modern browsers use HTTP/2, so Got Scraping is making a use of it too. Fortunately, this is already supported by Got - it automatically handles ALPN protocol negotiation to select the best available protocol.

HTTP/1.1 headers are always automatically formatted in Pascal-Case. However, there is an exception: x- headers are not modified in any way.

By default, Got Scraping will use an insecure HTTP parser, which allows to access websites with non-spec-compliant web servers.

Last but not least, Got Scraping comes with updated TLS configuration. Some websites make a fingerprint of it and compare it with real browsers. While Node.js doesn't support OpenSSL 3 yet, the current configuration still should work flawlessly.

To get more detailed information about the implementation, please refer to the source code.


This package can only generate all the standard attributes. You might want to add the referer header if necessary. Please bear in mind that these headers are made for GET requests for HTML documents. If you want to make POST requests or GET requests for any other content type, you should alter these headers according to your needs. You can do so by passing a headers option or writing a custom Got handler.

This package should provide a solid start for your browser request emulation process. All websites are built differently, and some of them might require some additional special care.

Overriding request headers

const response = await gotScraping({
    url: '',
    headers: {
        'user-agent': 'test',

For more advanced usage please refer to the Got documentation.

JSON mode

You can parse JSON with this package too, but please bear in mind that the request header generation is done specifically for HTML content type. You might want to alter the generated headers to match the browser ones.

const response = await gotScraping({
    responseType: 'json',
    url: '',

Error recovery

This section covers possible errors that might happen due to different site implementations.

RequestError: Client network socket disconnected before secure TLS connection was established

The error above can be a result of the server not supporting the provided TLS setings. Try changing the ciphers parameter to either undefined or a custom value.