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Selenium Chrome Proxy Authentication

Setting chromedriver proxy with Selenium using Python

If you need to use proxy with python and Selenium library with chromedriver you usually use the following code:

chrome_options = webdriver.ChromeOptions()
chrome_options.add_argument('--proxy-server=%s' % hostname + ":" + port)
driver = webdriver.Chrome(chrome_options=chrome_options)

It works fine unless proxy requires authentication. if the proxy requires you to login with a username and password it will not work. In this case you have to use more tricky solution that is explained below. By the way if you are going to use BotProxy rotating proxy you can whitelist your server IP address and botproxy will not require HTTP auth to work.

HTTP Proxy Authentication with Chromedriver in Selenium

To set up proxy authentication we will generate a special file and upload it to chromedriver dynamically using the following code below. The example is given for BotProxy rotating proxy server, but you can substitute PROXY_HOST and other constants with your values. This code configures selenium with chromedriver to use HTTP proxy that requires authentication with user/password pair.

import os
import zipfile

from selenium import webdriver

PROXY_HOST = ''  # rotating proxy
PROXY_USER = 'proxy-user'
PROXY_PASS = 'proxy-password'

manifest_json = """
    "version": "1.0.0",
    "manifest_version": 2,
    "name": "Chrome Proxy",
    "permissions": [
    "background": {
        "scripts": ["background.js"]

background_js = """
var config = {
        mode: "fixed_servers",
        rules: {
          singleProxy: {
            scheme: "http",
            host: "%s",
            port: parseInt(%s)
          bypassList: ["localhost"]

chrome.proxy.settings.set({value: config, scope: "regular"}, function() {});

function callbackFn(details) {
    return {
        authCredentials: {
            username: "%s",
            password: "%s"

            {urls: ["<all_urls>"]},

def get_chromedriver(use_proxy=False, user_agent=None):
    path = os.path.dirname(os.path.abspath(__file__))
    chrome_options = webdriver.ChromeOptions()
    if use_proxy:
        pluginfile = ''

        with zipfile.ZipFile(pluginfile, 'w') as zp:
            zp.writestr("manifest.json", manifest_json)
            zp.writestr("background.js", background_js)
    if user_agent:
        chrome_options.add_argument('--user-agent=%s' % user_agent)
    driver = webdriver.Chrome(
        os.path.join(path, 'chromedriver'),
    return driver

def main():
    driver = get_chromedriver(use_proxy=True)

if __name__ == '__main__':

Function get_chromedriver returns configured selenium webdriver that you can use in your application. This code is tested and works just fine with BotProxy HTTP Rotating Proxy.