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Version: 1.17


Playwright provides APIs to monitor and modify network traffic, both HTTP and HTTPS. Any requests that page does, including XHRs and fetch requests, can be tracked, modified and handled.

HTTP Authentication

context = browser.new_context(
http_credentials={"username": "bill", "password": "pa55w0rd"}
page = context.new_page()

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HTTP Proxy

You can configure pages to load over the HTTP(S) proxy or SOCKSv5. Proxy can be either set globally for the entire browser, or for each browser context individually.

You can optionally specify username and password for HTTP(S) proxy, you can also specify hosts to bypass proxy for.

Here is an example of a global proxy:

browser = chromium.launch(proxy={
"server": "",
"username": "usr",
"password": "pwd"

When specifying proxy for each context individually, Chromium on Windows needs a hint that proxy will be set. This is done via passing a non-empty proxy server to the browser itself. Here is an example of a context-specific proxy:

# Browser proxy option is required for Chromium on Windows.
browser = chromium.launch(proxy={"server": "per-context"})
context = browser.new_context(proxy={"server": ""})

Network events

You can monitor all the requests and responses:

from playwright.sync_api import sync_playwright

def run(playwright):
chromium = playwright.chromium
browser = chromium.launch()
page = browser.new_page()
# Subscribe to "request" and "response" events.
page.on("request", lambda request: print(">>", request.method, request.url))
page.on("response", lambda response: print("<<", response.status, response.url))

with sync_playwright() as playwright:

Or wait for a network response after the button click:

# Use a glob url pattern
with page.expect_response("**/api/fetch_data") as response_info:"button#update")
response = response_info.value


# Use a regular expression
with page.expect_response(re.compile(r"\.jpeg$")) as response_info:"button#update")
response = response_info.value

# Use a predicate taking a response object
with page.expect_response(lambda response: token in response.url) as response_info:"button#update")
response = response_info.value

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Handle requests

lambda route: route.fulfill(status=200, body=test_data))

You can mock API endpoints via handling the network quests in your Playwright script.


# Set up route on the entire browser context.
# It will apply to popup windows and opened links.
lambda route: route.fulfill(status=200, body="accept"))

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Modify requests

# Delete header
def handle_route(route):
headers = route.request.headers
del headers["x-secret"]
page.route("**/*", handle_route)

# Continue requests as POST.
page.route("**/*", lambda route: route.continue_(method="POST"))

You can continue requests with modifications. Example above removes an HTTP header from the outgoing requests.

Abort requests

page.route("**/*.{png,jpg,jpeg}", lambda route: route.abort())

# Abort based on the request type
page.route("**/*", lambda route: route.abort() if route.request.resource_type == "image" else route.continue_())

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Playwright supports WebSockets inspection out of the box. Every time WebSocket is created, page.on("websocket") event is fired. This event contains the WebSocket instance for further web socket frames inspection:

def on_web_socket(ws):
print(f"WebSocket opened: {ws.url}")
ws.on("framesent", lambda payload: print(payload))
ws.on("framereceived", lambda payload: print(payload))
ws.on("close", lambda payload: print("WebSocket closed"))

page.on("websocket", on_web_socket)

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