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HTTP proxy server that can access resources which use SharePoint HTTP authentication with credentials supplied by Basic HTTP authentication.

This proxy was primarily built to access Microsoft OneDrive for Business over WebDAV with WebDAV clients that can only do HTTP Basic authentication. If you want to access OneDrive personal over WebDAV with Basic authentication, have a look at basic-to-passport-auth-http-proxy.

Running the proxy

The proxy server is written in Node.js. You can either run the Docker container or run it directly with node.

Options are set with environment variables:

  • PROXY_TARGET required The proxy server target URL, e.g.:
  • PROXY_PORT optional The port where the proxy server listens for client requests. Defaults to 3000.
  • SHAREPOINT_AUTH_URL optional Separate URL to use for SharePoint authentication. Defaults to PROXY_TARGET.
  • AUTH_TYPE optional The type of SharePoint authentication to use. Must be one of: online, fba, tmg, adfs. Defaults to online.
  • DEBUG optional See below.

The following additional environment variables are only relevant if AUTH_TYPE is set to adfs and ignored otherwise:

  • ADFS_DOMAIN optional
  • ADFS_URL required
  • ADFS_COOKIE optional

The proxy uses the node-sp-auth module for SharePoint authentication. The AUTH_TYPE options correspond to the following authentication options of node-sp-auth:

  • online: "SharePoint Online: SAML based with user credentials" (Wiki article)
  • fba: "SharePoint on premise (2013, 2016): Form-based authentication (FBA)" (Wiki article)
  • tmg: "SharePoint on premise (2013, 2016): Forefront TMG (reverse proxy) authentication"
  • adfs: "ADFS user credentials" (Wiki article)

If SHAREPOINT_AUTH_URL is set, it is passed to node-sp-auth's getAuth(...) function instead of PROXY_TARGET.

Running with Docker

  • Find the latest Docker image tag at Docker Hub:
  • Pull the image:
    docker pull skleeschulte/basic-to-sharepoint-auth-http-proxy:TAG
    (Replace TAG with an actual tag from the Docker Hub.)
  • Run the image:
    docker run --name sharepoint-proxy -d -p 3000:3000 -e PROXY_TARGET= --restart always skleeschulte/basic-to-sharepoint-auth-http-proxy:TAG
    (Again, replace TAG with the one you just pulled.)
  • Check if it started successfully:
    docker logs sharepoint-proxy
    (The output should be something like proxy:info Proxy server listening: { address: '::', family: 'IPv6', port: 3000 }.)

Or use your favourite Docker UI for these steps.

Running with Node.js

Make sure you have a suitable Node.js installed (the proxy server was developed with Node.js version 10 (version 10.16.0, to be precise).

  • Get a copy of this repository (choose a version tag on the top left, then choose "Clone or download" in the same line).
  • Extract the files and change to the directory.
  • Install the dependencies:
    npm ci --only=production
  • Set the environment variables (see above).
    On Linux: export PROXY_TARGET=
    On Windows: set PROXY_TARGET=
  • Run the server:
    node lib/server.js


In your client software, configure hostname and port of the proxy server. If you can choose an authentication scheme, choose HTTP Basic auth. You should be prompted for username and password.

Accessing OneDrive for Business

When accessing OneDrive for Business over WebDAV, the PROXY_TARGET should not contain a path. If your SharePoint URL is e.g., then set PROXY_TARGET to and configure the WebDAV client to access /personal/account_name/Documents, e.g.:
Depending on the client you might have to omit the http:// part or append a trailing slash.


Currently, the proxy only supports HTTP connections on the incoming side. In consequence, user credentials will be transferred from the client to the proxy in clear-text for the majority of HTTP requests. The proxy should only be used on trusted networks, e.g. localhost.

The proxy relies on node-sp-auth for managing authentication data. It should be safe to have multiple users access their resources over the same server instance in parallel.

Logging / Debugging

The server uses the debug library for logging with the namespace proxy and the following log levels:

  • proxy:error (logs to STDERR) Log errors.
  • proxy:info (logs to STDOUT) Log listening address and port.
  • proxy:debug (logs to STDOUT) Log detailed information about request handling.
  • proxy:trace (logs to STDOUT) Log the raw HTTP messages. This prints sensible authorization information to STDOUT.

By default, only proxy:error and proxy:info are enabled. This can be changed with the DEBUG environment variable. To log everything from the proxy server use DEBUG=proxy:*, to log everything including messages from third party libraries that also use the debug library use DEBUG=*.


HTTP proxy server that can access resources which use SharePoint HTTP authentication with credentials supplied by Basic HTTP authentication.




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